Family: Apocynaceae

Scientific Name: Catharanthus roseus Mediterranean series

Common Name: Madagascar Periwinkle Mediterranean series


Mediterranean Madagascar Periwinkle series have larger flowers and better basal branching. Will trail over the side of a pot. 

Plant TypeAnnuals, Perennial Tender
Hardiness Zone10-11
Moistureaverage to slightly dry
Soil & Siteaverage not soggy
Temperaturea tender annual, doesn't like cold weather or frost
Flowerstubular flowers have five flattened petal-like lobes, colors: pink, cranberry, white, maroon, red, lilac, rose, etc
Leaveslance-shaped leaves, glossy green.
Dimensions6 inches tall, spreading over a foot, will trail out of pots or baskets
PropagationSometimes but not always can be a difficult plant to grow from seed. Young plants are not tolerable of wetness or cool conditions. Can be rooted from cutting
Native SiteNative to Madagascar.
Misc FactsIn the 18th century it first appeared in France at Paris Jardin des Plaines. At this time Madagascar was a French possession. (syn Vinca rosea)
Author's NotesWhen attending an Environmental Workshop with a group of students, the keynote speaker was talking about how from native plants chemicals were discovered that are used in treatment of many different diseases. If the plant species is lost the potential to discover these chemicals will be lost. He alluded to the fact that he had Leukemia and was cured because of the chemical vincristine. Vincristine is extracted from Madagascar periwinkle.
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