Help ID Please, Purple flower growing in hedge, N. Ireland

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by ClarkeRobinson, Aug 15, 2007.

  1. ClarkeRobinson

    ClarkeRobinson Active Member

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    Hi Everyone

    I'm feeling guilty posting these ID threads. I have an RHS book on plants but dang, I need something that lets me pick a colour, number of petals etc and then lets me decide from there, books are not good for that generally and I don't know of any decent websites. So, apologies for my ID requests on here! I really appreciate all your help.

    I took this picture in April this year, it was in a hedge in a garden in Ireland. Not sure if it was a flower that got out of hand, but more like it was part of the hedge itself. Any ideas what it might be?

    TIA for any suggestions :)

    Clarke
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    Vinca major?
     
  3. ClarkeRobinson

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    Wow, that was quick! And I think you hit the nail on the head ;) Many thanks for the fast reply :)

    Clarke
     
  4. joclyn

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    yup, that's vinca.
     
  5. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    To check between Vinca major (Greater Periwinkle) and Vinca minor (Lesser Periwinkle), look at a leaf under a magnifying glass:
    Leaf margin hairy: Vinca major.
    Leaf margin hairless: Vinca minor.
     
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    Around here, it's easy to identify. If it survives the winter, it's V. minor.
     
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    That's informative Michael F!
     
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    Liz Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    And down here it is a rotton weed that just takes off. Looks like another mild mannered botanical gets a new lease of life downunder. I still can't get over how tiny Ragwort was when I saw it in England. Here it grows into 4 foot giants and takes over whole paddocks and in the case of Tasmania I think the state.

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