Vinca, also known as Periwinkle, is a genus of six species of herbaceous perennials or evergreen shrubs in the family Apocynaceae, native to Europe, northwest Africa and Middle East.
These easy-to-care plants are grown for their glossy, dark green foliage and eye-catching, pinwheel-shaped flowers. They are great for beds, borders and as ground covers. Their unique flowers are perfect for bouquets and special occasions, or simply for bringing color and joy to your home.
The genus name comes from the Latin word “vincire”, which means “to bind, fetter”, based on the plant’s trailing habit.
Periwinkle symbolizes benevolence, nostalgia, sadness and purity.
This plant was also a religious symbol in the Middle Ages, tied to the Virgin Mary.
Interesting facts about Vinca
What Does the Periwinkle Represent in Christianity?
In Christianity, Periwinkle is known as the “Virgin flower” and is associated with the Virgin Mary.
The blue Periwinkle represents the heavenly nature of the Virgin Mary, who is usually depicted wearing blue.
Benefits and Uses
Periwinkle has been used in medicine to treat colds, coughs, sore throat and diabetes.
It was also used to heal eye and lung infections.
Vinca Plant Data
Vinca comes in shades of pink, purple, red and white.
These plants range in size from dwarf species that grow only about 10 cm (4 inches) tall to larger types which can grow up to 60 cm (2 ft) in height.
Periwinkle prefers moist, but well drained soil and is adaptable to soils of various pHs.