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Madagascar Periwinkle

Catharanthus spp.

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H1c

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

80cm

20cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A photo of Madagascar Periwinkle
A photo of Madagascar Periwinkle
A photo of Madagascar Periwinkle
A photo of Madagascar Periwinkle
A photo of Madagascar Periwinkle

Overview

A genus of perennial herbaceous plants, mainly endemic to Madagascar, with one species widely naturalised around the world and another from India and Sri Lanka. There are 8 described species and they are commonly referred to as Madagascar periwinkles, or just periwinkles, which is a label shared with the very similar looking genus Vinca. Members of Catharanthus have been cultivated as ornamental specimens and multiple cultivars have been produced in a wide range of flower colours, mostly from C. roseus (formerly known as Vinca rosea).

Common problems

Propagation

Seed

Cuttings

Root softwood cuttings in late spring, and semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Special Features

Attractive flowers