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Common names:
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Botanical names:
Catharanthus roseus Accepted
Vinca rosea Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Plant Height: 12 inches - 24 inches
Plant Spread: 14 inches - 24 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Other: 1/2 to 1 inch long dry pods containing small seeds.
Fruiting Time: Fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Needs specific temperature: 70ºF - 75ºF
Days to germinate: 7 to 14 days
Depth to plant seed: Shallowly sow at depth of approximately 1/4 inch, covering with a thin layer of soil
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM


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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 15, 2011 2:30 PM

Madagascar Periwinkle is a semi-woody evergreen subshrub native and endemic to Madagascar. The plant attains heights of 3' and a spread of 2-3'. It has escaped cultivation and naturalized in the tropical and subtropical areas of the world. It grows in full sun as well as shade and seems to do well in poor soil.

Here in Florida the Madagascar Periwinkle is considered a weed by many, popping up in flower beds and lawns, as well as cracks in cement walkways and driveways.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Catharanthus roseus by Danita Sep 22, 2018 1:42 AM 3
Not this cultivar by Danita Jan 15, 2020 12:05 AM 3
I know this is Catharanthus roseus (periwinkle),but what cultivar? by Peggy8b Jun 28, 2021 11:21 AM 6
What to plant by AnnaZ May 13, 2021 5:52 AM 6
Oleander? by zmama Jul 2, 2020 3:32 PM 2
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ID Petunia by yowie Jan 4, 2020 10:02 PM 6
No veggie garden this year. What low maintenance flowers to cover space? by slickrides Jun 9, 2019 4:27 PM 7
Vinca flower plants that look like ground cover by VincaLady Apr 23, 2019 5:55 PM 1
New home with pre exisitng plants pic 1 by Pdub Feb 13, 2019 6:55 PM 13
Identify this Bush by Nicxr Oct 28, 2018 1:54 PM 2
Vinca flowers by Barb64 Oct 24, 2018 9:09 AM 4

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