is it found?
This plant can be found growing below 4,000
feet and can survive with little shade and moisture. It can be found it
the south west, but is not native to the land.
does it look like?
Periwinkle is a vine that has
oval opposite leaves that are smooth and tough (Moore,
The “flowers are solitary, violet to
violet-blue and an inch across” (Moore,
1988, pg. 85).
are the medical uses?
Periwinkle has been used it cancer
treatment, child hood leukemia, and Hodgkin’s disease (Delena, 1999). It has been known to relieve tooth ache when
chewed, reduce inflamation, and relieve sore throat and tonsillitis (www.herbnet.com,
It is also a capillary constrictor, but stimulates peripheral circulation
at the same time. Periwinkle should not be used in high doses and can
chemicals are in it?
Periwinkle was found to have some toxic
alkaloids, vincin, vincoside, and tannins.