Mainly flowers in March and April but a few flowers can be
found all year round, including January.
It is widely distributed, but less common in the North.
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It is a well established escape, found in woodland, banks,
hedgerows, rubbish tips, rubbish tips and beside roads.
Greater Periwinkle is a perennial, evergreen clambering herb.
Flowers are blue-mauve, 5 petalled and larger (30-50mm)
than in Lesser Periwinkle.
Leaves are lanceolate, rather tough and sometimes variegated,
as in the accompanying picture.
The stems climb through shrubs and fences up to 1.5m and
the ends of shoots self root, helping to spread colony.
Greater Periwinkle has been grown in England as ground
cover in gardens for several centuries.
Its ability to grow rapidly and spread explains its widespread
presence as a naturalised escape.
Flowers and leaves