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Catharanthus roseus

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Madagascar Periwinkle is a member of the Catharanthus family. Its botanical name is Catharanthus roseus.

Very popular plant in gardens around the world. It is self pollinating plant and can also be pollinated by butterflies and other long tonged insects. Ants distribute the seeds.1

Blooms normally display as a colour very similar to   White and   Deep pink and   Cerise red. The mature flowers take a single form. Leaves usually appear in   Forest green (web)

It is a flower / ornamental that typically grows as an evergreen, which is defined as a plant that retains leaves throughout the year.

Madagascar Periwinkle normally grows to a ground-cover habit with a max height of 3.25 feet (that's 1.00 metres metric).

This plant is a great attractor for butterflies and bees, so if you are looking to attract wildlife Madagascar Periwinkle is a great choice.

Madagascar is believed to be where Madagascar Periwinkle originates from.

Madagascar Periwinkle is known to be toxic to humans and/or animals, so be careful where you position and how you handle this plant.

Madagascar Periwinkle is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Madagascar Periwinkle have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Madagascar Periwinkle

  • Full Sun

  • Dappled Sun

  • Low

No special care is required. Very happy without fertilizer, in full sun and semi shade.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun / dappled sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Use Zone 4 - Zone 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Madagascar Periwinkle is generally regarded as a hardy plant, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Madagascar Periwinkle to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Madagascar Periwinkle from seed

This plant self seeds easily.

Transplanting Madagascar Periwinkle

Madagascar Periwinkle is hardy, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside.

How long does Madagascar Periwinkle take to grow?

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Madagascar Periwinkle Etymology

The botanical epithet is from the Latin roseus meaning “rose-coloured”

Madagascar Periwinkle Folklore & Trivia

This plant has been used in the treatment of cancer.1

Other names for Madagascar Periwinkle

Pacifica bold mix vinca, Madagascar periwinkle, cape periwinkle, rose periwinkle

Vinca rosea, Catharanthus roseus (L.) G. Don

Misspellings: Old Maid

Latest Madagascar Periwinkle Reviews

  • My Madagascar periwinkles are on their own now. They reseed themselves and sometimes I take some seeds and spread them where I want them to grow.

    5 stars

    Kevalsha about growing periwinkle

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