The common sort hereof hath many Zweige trailing or running upon the ground, shooting out small Fasern at the Gelenke as it runs, taking thereby hold in the ground, and Wurzeleth in divers places. At the Gelenke of these Zweige stand two small, dark-grün, shining Blätter, somewhat like bay Blätter, but smaller, and with them come forth also the Blüten (one at a Gelenk) standing upon a tender foot-Stengel, being somewhat long and hohl, parted at the brims, manchmal into four, manchmal into five Blätter. The most ordinary sorts are of a pale blue colour, some are pure white, some of a dark rötlich purple colour. The Wurzel is little bigger than rush, bushing in the ground, and kriechen with his Zweige far about, whereby it quickly possesses a great compass, and is therefore most usually Pflanzeed under hedges where it may have room to run.
Those with the pale blue, and those with the white Blüten, grow in woods and orchards, by the hedge-sides, in divers places of this land, but those with the purple Blüten, in gardens only.
They Blüte in March and April.
Venus owns this herb, and sagte, That the Blätter eaten by man and wife together, cause love between them. The Periwinkle is a great binder, stays bluten both at Mund and nose, if some of the Blätter be chewed. The French used it to stay Monatsregel. Dioscorides, Galen, and ægineta, commend it gegen the lasks and fluxes of the Bauch to be drank in wine.