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Mollusks but also an evergeen creeping blue flowering plant: Periwinkle ( genus,vinca)
evergreen plant, c. 1500, diminutive of parvink (12c.), from Old English perwince, from Late Latin pervinca "periwinkle" (4c.), from Latin, perhaps from pervincire "to entwine, bind," from per- "thoroughly" (see per) + vincire "to bind, fetter"
Last edited by BranShea; 09/17/15 11:51 AM.
Some of the species are poisonous. Several anti-cancer drugs come from Vinca plants, with ominous-sounding names like "vincristine" and "vinblastin" (and a passel of nasty side-effects).
OP I promise not to eat any of them and hope to stay free from cancer.
They are lovely but persistent and threaten to overgrow half your garden. A powerful species indeed.
OP But thank you for the information and good health to you, Mr. Wofa.
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