vinca minor

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A very powerful vasodilator for the brain so it helps increase blood flow to the brain more efficiently than any other herb known. Increases ATP in the brain which helps cells to function properly- one of the best memory boosters out there, also helps prevent stroke damage, post stroke. Periwinkle is used for circulation, cardiovascular disorders, increasing the use of glucose and oxygen by the brain, memory impairment, motor disorders, inner ear imbalance and hearing loss. Improves vision in 70% of subjects tested. Flowers are edible. Periwinkle made into a tea or salve for external use treats skin problems such as dermatitis, eczema, and acne. Couples use it to treat infections (vaginal douche, penis soak). Used as astringent both internally and externally to stop bleeding, nosebleeds, menstrual, hemorrhaging. Used as mouthwash to treat gingivitis, mouth ulcers. Root is antispasmodic. Note- rare occurrences of dry mouth and heart palpitations. Don't take by itself because it is very constipating, dries up the tissues, so it's good to be blended in with other herbs
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RP-HPLC-PDA determination of vincamine in Vinca minor.
Vinca minor is not so vigorous, with smaller leaves and mauve flowers up to 1in across, which appear mostly in May.
Vinca minor 'Atropurpurea' is the little-leaf variety while vinca major 'Variegata' is the large one.
This wonderful addition to the spring garden can be grouped with Hellebores, dwarf Narcissi, Snowdrops, Anemones, Scilla, Vinca minor and many other early flowering woodland garden plants.
Good ground-cover plants include ivies with variegated or shapely leaves; lesser periwinkles, Vinca minor, Variegata, with gold-and-green foliage plus brilliant blue flowers; geraniums - the true form, cranesbill, not bedding pelargoniums - with red, pink or white flowers throughout summer; bugle, Ajuga reptans, with purple leaves and blue flowers; and bergenia with "elephant ears" foliage and mauve winter flowers.
The pale blue flowers and silver-edged leaves of Vinca minor Variegata make an excellent foil around the rim.
Rising through the blue Grown pansies and Vinca minor are tulips in shades of orange ('Lightning Sun' and 'Temple of Beauty') and purple ('Gum Laude').
A: There's a plant tailor-made for this unpromising position - the variegated lesser periwinkle, Vinca minor variegata, an evergreen which quickly covers the ground, has gold and green foliage and produces sky blue flowers in late winter and spring.
Vinca minor Aureo-variegata is a great plant which grows well in some pretty gloomy places.
My holly hedge still casts its deep shadow but I eventually found a shady lady to resolve the problem - lesser periwinkle, the form with gold markings on its foliage, Vinca minor 'Variegata'.