Collecting the folklore and uses of plants


Vinca_major_(Barlovento)_012014-02-13 15.06.061. Periwinkle known as fairy paintbrush or gwean in Cornwall …
Greater bindweed [Calystegia spp.], the petals stripped off left ‘fairy paintbrushes’. Also periwinkle [Minehead, Somerset, November 1993].

Images: main, lesser periwinkle (Vinca minor), Hartland, north Devon, March 2014; insets, greater periwinkle (Vinca major) Balham, London Borough of Wandsworth; February 2014; and greater periwinkle flower with petals removed, February 2014.