Periwinkle (vinca minor)

The bright purple flowers that grows in the wood and banks on the side of the road brightens the countryside sprawling far and wide covering the ground it roots itself to produce flowering stems.

I have read that in medieval England garlands of periwinkles were sometimes worn by people about to be executed it was believed that it was a symbol of immortality. There is many beliefs regarding the periwinkle plant, like if husband and wife eat the leaves together, it will strengthen their love.

It is believed that the lesser periwinkle was introduced to Britain from the Continent, and its presence was recorded far back as the 16th century. I must say I am originally from the island of Madeira well known for its flora but I don’t remember seeing this pretty flower there.

Published by anarosarioferreia

Hi am new to WordPress I have arrived in England in the late sixties met my Husband and got married have two grown daughters and one very lively granddaughter. My life revolves around my family and walking through the countryside. Love gardening and cooking too.

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