Common Periwinkle – Vinca minor


This herbaceous trailing groundcover was brought to North America by the Colonists from Europe and has become naturalized over vast areas of the northeast North America. In some places it is considered weedy or invasive.

The leaves are astringent and gathered in the spring and dried for later use. They are used internally to treat internal bleeding, heavy menstrual bleeding, and nosebleeds. Externally they are crushed and applied to wounds. Used as a mouthwash they are used to treat gingivitis, sore throats, and mouth ulcers.

Humans and grazing animals have suffered side effects from ingestion of the aerial parts of this plant. Gastrointestinal complaints and skin flushing have been noted.


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