SN0139 : Lesser periwinkle (Vinca minor)

taken 9 years ago, near to Bryn-Henllan, Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro, Great Britain

Lesser periwinkle (Vinca minor)
Lesser periwinkle (Vinca minor)
Although native to Southern Europe and Asia Minor, this plant has long been naturalized around human habitations in Britain and is even mentioned by Chaucer as "Pervinke rich of hew". Its clear lavender-coloured flowers with their oddly asymmetrical petals do seem to sing out of the hedges as one of the earliest blooms of the year.
The plant was associated with the Virgin Mary because of its colour, and also with Venus, thus used to induce and cement love. It also signified immortality and protection from evil, for this reason it was used to strew on children's coffins.
Its name is derived from the Latin pervincire, to wind about; the identically named shellfish has a different derivation.
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Date Taken
Friday, 20 February, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 21 February, 2009
Category
Plantlife   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SN 017 397 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:1.2556N 4:53.4383W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SN 017 397
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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