Also known as
Cape Periwinkle, Rosy Periwinkle, Old Maid, Bright-Eyes, Graveyardplant, Old-Maid-Flower, Pink Periwinkle
Catharanthus roseus24 08 2012 (1) by Joydeep (CC BY-SA 3.0)
2 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
In the wild, the Madagascar periwinkle is an endangered plant (the main cause of decline is habitat destruction by slash and burn agriculture). It is however widely cultivated and is naturalised in subtropical and tropical areas of the world. A water-wise evergreen hardy perennial flourishing in neglected garden areas. This species produces attractive rosy-pink or white flowers measuring approximately 4cm across, with 5 wedge-shaped petals. Madagascar periwinkles make excellent additions to annual beds, or even houseplants.
Harvest seeds when seed capsules are ripe(brown and dried).
Sow seed in early spring directly in a well prepared flower bed with compost.
Root softwood cuttings in late spring and semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
Roots and shoots, though poisonous, are used against several diseases by Indian healers also used in traditional Chinese medicine against diseases like, diabetes, malaria, and Hodgkin's lymphoma.
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