Mystery House

Anybody Know What This Is?

Mystery Front Yard Flower

I got this plant by accident and it’s been happily living in the shade of a big maple tree, next to my hostas, for several years.  You can see how tiny the flower is by comparing it to the helicopters on the ground, under the green leaves.  I like it, but I have no idea what it is.  Ideas?


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  1. * marylou says:

    Creeping Myrtle, aka Vinca Minor or Common Periwinkle. I have tons of it. It is slow to start spreading but then does and is hardy as all get out. I love it.

    Posted 8 years ago
  2. * Cheryl S. says:

    Myrtle. Or periwinkle. It’s a great ground cover.

    Posted 8 years ago
  3. * Cheryl S. says:

    Vinca is the true name. I was having a brain-dead moment.

    Posted 8 years ago
  4. * kmkat says:

    Well, it’s not a petunia…

    Posted 8 years ago
  5. * deb says:

    A purple flower!

    Posted 8 years ago
  6. * JulieT says:

    My mother called it myrtle, but I think it’s one of the Vinca species. It’s very hardy and makes great ground cover. My dog used to sleep in it, and my mother would shovel out hunks of it and give it to her friends, and it would just grow back over. One memorable summer some bunnies made baby bunnies in it. So cute!
    Ah, good memories. Thanks for that.

    Posted 8 years ago
  7. * lisa says:

    Yup, Vinca minor, aka “periwinkle” or “vinca”, sometimes considered invasive, but not a big problem around here. It does well in the shade.

    Posted 8 years ago
  8. * debra says:

    It looks like periwinkle/myrtle. What do you think:

    Posted 8 years ago
  9. * Rhonda the StitchingNut says:

    Yup, Periwinkle/Creeping Myrtle … great for the shady spots where not much with color grows. Great ground cover.

    Posted 8 years ago

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