Periwinkle

Vinca spp.

Creeping Myrtle, Myrtle, Sorcerer's Violet, Devil's Eye, Joy on the Ground

Native to

Mediterrean region of Europe, Asia Minor, and Northern Africa

A majority of the Witchlist's Garden include naturalized species that now live across the globe, for history's sake and to ensure we recognize any appropriation that we may make in our use of a plant, we include it's nativity.

Parts Used 

  • Both Flowers and Leaves can be harvested for the short period of growth, typically between March and May but this does vary based on hardiness zone

  • Alterative

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Astringent

  • Vasodilator

  • Vulnerary

Divinities & Mythos


Plant Energies

Over the course of millenia, various religions, physical sciences, diviners and star gazers, etc. have come to assign energies. This is perfectly synopsized by JD Walker in A Witch's Guide to Wildcraft:

Plants can be hot, cold, wet, or dry. They are assigned to or governed by one of seven (or nine [by including the Moon and Sun], depending on your outlook) heavenly bodies. People assigned these characteristics based on where a plant grew, what it looked like, and what effect it had on the humans and animals that came in contact with the plant.

  • Planet(s): Venus

  • Element(s): Water

  • Gender: Feminine

Warning: Pregnant/Nursing + Low Blood Pressure + Medication

Consult a medical professional before use if you are pregnant, nursing, on medications, or suffer from low blood pressure.


Periwinkle is considered POISONOUS in LARGE quantities. Your medical professional can advise you as to the quantity that is safe for you.

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Periwinkle in Action

The Bat & Raven offers these products that utilize the properties of Periwinkle.

Magical Properties

  • Calm

  • Harmony

  • Love

  • Lust

  • Memory

  • Mental Acuity and Power

  • Money

  • Peace

  • Protection

Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding any Supplements, herbal teas, Infusions, etc.

Part of the reason that we list medical jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have. 

When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere 
with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantageous. Too much of a good thing, eh?