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This is an introduced plant that is included here as it is growing wild, in this case along the Leven towpath near Alexandria ( July 2023). In some areas it is considered an invasive plant.

There are various varieties so we cannot be certain which one this is. But the easy differentiation is vinca minor or vinca major - simply smaller or larger flowers.

"Vinca" derives from to bind or fetter. It is a genus of flowering plants in the family Apocynaceae, native to Europe, northwest Africa and southwest Asia.

Vinca minor.

Vinca major

UK WILD FLOWERS : https://www.ukwildflowers.com/Web_pages/vinca_minor_lesser_periwinkle.htm

WIKIPEDIA : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinca

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