Vinca minor

Names

Names

Scientific: Vinca minor

English: Lesser periwinkle

Portuguese: Congonha, congossa

Origins

Origins

Family: Apocynaceae

Origin: Europe

Life Cycle: Evergreen perennial

Properties

Properties

Aroma
Medicinal
Edibility

Parts Used

Parts Used

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Scientific NameVinca minor
English NameLesser periwinkle, dwarf periwinkle.
Portuguese NameCongonha, congossa, congossa-menor, pervinca-menor.
German NameKleine Immergrün, Kleines Singrün.
FamilyApocynaceae
OriginEurope.
Preferences CultivationFences, hedges, moist and shady places, edges of fields.
Life CycleEvergreen perennial
HabitatSunlight. Rich, well-drained soils.
Method of propagationSow and division in spring.
Ornamental CharacteristicsFlowering from March to June. H 0,2 m, ᴓ 1 m
Description of smells and flavorsMild aroma.
Properties MedicinalLaxative, astringent, bitter, sedative, stomachic, emmenagogue, tonic and treatment of haemorrhages. It contains the alkaloid (vincamine), which is used by the pharmaceutical industry as a cerebral stimulant and vasodilator. It also contains (reserpine), which reduces high blood pressure.
Properties EdibilityNone
Properties OtherOrnamental.
Contraindications / Side Effects / CommentsThe plant is poisonous.
Pests and diseases & how to fight themUnknown
How and When to harvest and / or pruning and which parts used. How many cuts per year?Parts used: Seeds and root. Harvest: when flowering.
Can be used in intercropping ( repellent / attractive ) or is biopesticide?Attracts pollinators and beneficial insects.
Curiosity / Personal ExperiencesThe genus name 'Vinca' is derived from the Latin 'vincire' and means 'connect' or 'vincere' which means 'overcome', thanks to the skill that the plant has to overcome a disease. The stems are used in basket making.

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