Periwinkle color

The periwinkle: characteristics of the plant

The periwinkle groups several species of related plants, of which only the Vinca Major species is suitable for cultivation in pots. Its appearance consists of a 20-30 cm tall bush, with long stems that fall from hanging baskets. The leaves are somewhat leathery, evergreen, shiny, oval-lanceolate, vaulted in the shape of a heart, 5-7 centimeters long on short petioles. The varieties “Reticulata” with leaves with yellow veins, and “Variegata”, with leaves edged with white, sometimes even mottled, are well known. The Vinca Major species and its varieties with colorful leaves are also suitable for cultivation on balconies. The long stems fall from the vases creating a very decorative effect. Plants can survive the winter outdoors, but only in warmer regions. Normally, like other balcony plants, they are moved indoors in early autumn. Periwinkle plants need to be exposed to the sun, but they also need some shade, and they thrive in cool, airy environments.

Periwinkle flowers: appearance and peculiarities

The periwinkle flower was the favorite flower of the philosopher Jean Jacques Rosseau, while it was held in particular consideration by the Celtic druids, who used it for the preparation of infusions and potions. Warning: periwinkle is toxic, as it contains vincristine. Its meaning in the language of flowers is linked to memory: giving periwinkle flowers means wanting to leave the other with a pleasant and lasting memory of oneself. The flowers sprout from the rod between two leaves: they are light blue, tubular and elongated composed of five petals. Precisely for this reason it is recommended not to sprout the stems too much during the general cleaning of the plant in early spring, when removing the dry branches or those that have been damaged by the cold. Since the flowers also sprout from the leaf axils of old branches,

The color of the periwinkle

Typically, periwinkle flowers are of a particular purple-blue color with light shades of gray, the so-called periwinkle color. However, there are species with white and pink flowers. For example, the species flore pleno has double blue flowers, the periwinkle plena rosea, with pink flowers, and the periwinkle purpurea plena, with double fuchsia flowers. Other varieties with flowers with a different color are the rosea flore pleno species, with double pink flowers and the alba plena variety, whose flowers are white and double. In the wild or in the flower beds, the periwinkle looks like a turf dotted with many flowers: their flowering begins in spring and continues throughout the summer. The most common species in their natural state are the Vinca major and Vinca minor varieties. They are very similar to each other:

Periwinkle color: Cultural techniques for the periwinkle

In summer, during the vegetative period, the periwinkle needs regular irrigation; in winter, however, the plant can also remain quite dry (this depends on the temperature). It is advisable to keep some humidity in the air, especially in the summer months. On dry and hot days, spray the leaves well with water every day. With evaporation, the humidity of the air increases and the room refreshes. During the growing season, a common liquid fertilizer should be administered every three to four weeks. In winter, fertilizing depends on where the periwinkle plant is placed. It is only useful if the plant is exposed to the sun and, consequently, can assimilate the nutrients thanks to the light. In fact, the temperature of the environment must be around 18-22 degrees. In winter, however, the plant should preferably be brought indoors, in a bright room at about 15 degrees.

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