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Catharanthus roseus

Madagascar Periwinkle, Vinca
Classification Scientific Name: Catharanthus roseus
  Common Name: Madagascar Periwinkle


  Family: Apocynaceae
  Location Index: HG14
  Suggested Use: beds & borders

container plantings

hanging baskets
Plant Plant Type: perennial
  Plant Form: rounded
  Height: 1 - 2 feet
  Spread: 1 foot
  Bloom Period: summer
  Flower Color: white, pink, purple
  Flower: solitary, rotate flowers which frequently have a colored central 'eye'
  Foliage Texture: medium
  Foliage: opposite, oblong foliage
Environment USDA Zone: zones 10 - 11
  Native Range: Madagascar

  Sun Requirement: light shade
  Water Requirement: medium
  Soil: well-drained


high organic matter
  Heat Tolerance: high/medium
Care Maintenance: rotate crop so not grown in the same soil every year

plant only after temperatures have warmed up in late spring
  Liabilities: very sensitive to over watering
  Propagation: seed
More Additional Notes: perennial treated as an annual

good bedding plant for heat and drought
  Cultivars/Varieties: spreading groundcover forms available
Catharanthus roseus

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