Periwinkle (Vinca minor)
Other Names
Common Periwinkle, Flower-of-Death, Lesser Periwinkle, Creeping Myrtle, Blue-buttons.
Native to Europe, Russia, and Caucasus.
Perennial (evergreen).
Hardiness (see References,
below) - Zones 4 - 9.
Spring, may have repeat
blooms in Summer, and Fall.
2 - 5 in. (5 - 13 cm).
Sun or semi-shade, most soils. Will spread, easily. May be considered invasive.
By division (divide in Fall, Winter, or early Spring), or by cuttings (take these in Summer).
Blooms come in abundance and great spectrum of color, from near white shade of blue to pale, and dark blue, and also in several variations of purple.
All highly enhancing;
- particularly in woodland style garden setting. We have them growing really well, around the oak tree. Mixed up with moss, all looking very, very nice, indeed.
Vinca's leaves have application in medicinal remedies since ancient times. Their extracts,
are said to stimulate blood flow, if taken internally. Externally, it's good for sores and inflammations. Periwinkle extracts make effective mouthwash component till these days. In Poland, it is customary to dress small, wicker baskets with Periwinkle greens, before filling them with decorated Easter eggs.
Caution - Don't make remedies for internal use, unless you contact specialist, first, particularly if in pregnancy, or weak health condition.
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