The plant is a low and evergreen that prefers full sun and requires slightly moist soil. It expands through shoots that can grow up to 50 cm long.
In herbal medicine, the herb is recommended to prevent all kinds of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and strokes. This is because it has a dilating effect on cerebral blood vessels, improving blood flow. It makes you think sharper. It is also a natural blood thinner so it helps against high blood pressure. At the same time, it is a blood stauncher so it works for nosebleeds and menstrual bleeding.
The flowers of periwinkle can be eaten. For instance, they are sometimes put in a green salad for decoration.
Periwinkle was seen as a plant offering protection from magic powers. The plant was capable of breaking the spell. Devilish diseases were also cured with it. Magicians and poets used the flower for its positive properties on consciousness.