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Vinca, Madagascar Periwinkle

Catharanthus roseus

Often used as an annual in our region, Madagascar periwinkle is grown as a bedding or container plant for its bright flowers and glossy foliage.

(Detailed plant information can be found at the bottom of the page.)
Catharanthus roseus

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Catharanthus roseus Plant Information

Scientific Name: Catharanthus roseus
Common Name: Madagascar periwinkle


Family: Apocynaceae
Suggested Uses: perennial treated as an annual

beds & borders, container plantings, hanging baskets
Plant Form: rounded; spreading groundcover forms available
Height: 1 - 2 feet
Spread: 1 foot
Foliage: opposite, oblong, medium-textured foliage
Flower: white, pink, and purple, solitary, rotate flowers which frequently have a colored central 'eye'
Bloom Period: Summer
Sun: light shade
Water: medium water requirement

very sensitive to over watering
Soil: well-drained, moist soil with high organic matter
Heat Tolerance: high/medium heat tolerance
USDA Zone: zones 10 - 11
Native Range: Madagascar

Maintenance: rotate crop so not grown in the same soil every year

plant only after temperatures have warmed up in late spring

propagation by seed

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