Periwinkle is an excellent evergreen groundcover with dark green foliage. native to the woodlands of Europe and North Africa. The perennial periwinkle (vinca minor) shouldnt be confused with Madagascar periwinkle (or vinca major). Flowers are purple, blue, or white, and bloom in mid-spring.
Common name: blue-buttons, centocchio (Italy, meaning hundred eyes, a reference to the large number of flowers), cockles, common periwinkle, creeping myrtle, cut-fingers, Flower of Death, Joy on the Ground, magenta creeping myrtle, pennywinkle, periwinkle, purpurea, rubra, wilk (Scotland), wine periwinkle
ancient myths and beliefs:
Folk belief held that it was unlucky to bring a vine of periwinkle into a house unless it has at least seven flowers on it.
Sometimes called the Flower of Death because it woven into a band to be worn by dead children at burial and was often planted around the graves of infants to protect their souls. During the medieval times (Christian Dark Ages) periwinkle was sometimes woven into crowns to be worn by criminal about to be executed.
In the 1600s periwinkle was called the Joy on the Ground because it was associated with sex and the bond of marriage.
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