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
Mauve
Pink
Red
White
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
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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Common names
  • Vinca
  • Madagascar Periwinkle
  • Rose Periwinkle
  • Cayenne Jasmine
  • Old Maid
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Catharanthus roseus
  • Synonym: Vinca rosea
  • Synonym: Catharanthus roseus var. roseus

Photo Gallery
Location: Gardenfish garden 
Date: July 17 2021
Photo bombed by a wheel bug!
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2022-07-20
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2022-03-23
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2022-10-09
Various cultivars can have different bloom sizes.
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2018-08-28
Madagascar Periwinkle With Dewdrops 010
Location: Temple, Texas
Date: 2020-07-12
NOID at buy, but possibly Catharanthus Roseus 'Pacifica Deep Orch
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2022-03-11
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2022-03-11
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2022-03-11
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2022-03-11
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2022-03-11
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2022-03-11
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2018-08-28
Madagascar Periwinkle 015
Location: Lake Macquarie, N.S.W., Australia
Date: 2017-12-07
Location: Lake Macquarie, N.S.W., Australia
Date: 2017-12-21
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: November 26, 2011
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2022-12-27
freeze-ruined foliage, limp stems & discolored leaves

photo by Steve Hurst @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania, USA
Date: 2018-08-23
Location: UGA Trial Gardens, Athens, Georgia, USA
Date: Summer
Location: Somewhere in VA| June, 2022
Date: 2022-06-18
cantfind
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-04-18
Location: Riverside, CA
Date: 2015-03-30
Photo by sedumzz
Location: Houston Museum of Natural Science
Date: 2017-11-21

Date: 2021-08-08
Location: North Central TX Zone 8a
Date: 2018-08-04
In my neighborhood
Location: Washington Park Botanical Garden - Springfield, Illinois
Date: 2018-09-18
Location: My Cincinnati Ohio garden
Date: September 2013
Easy to grow annual in full bloom
Location: Mentor
Date: 2018-09-19
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-09-08
Purple Periwinkle 004
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-09-19
Natures Crystal - White Periwinkle 001
Location: Florida
Location: zone 10 Martin County, Fl.
Date: 2010-06-06
numerous volunteers
Location: Fairfax VA
Date: June 25
Location: Fairfax VA
Date: June 25
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2018-07-07
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2018-06-14
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: My patio, Archer, FL
Date: 2019-05-29
Location: My garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2013-09-05
Location: Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina | June, 2022
Date: 2022-06-12
Location: My garden
Date: 2019-01-15
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-04-21
Location: all photos from my gardens
Date: 2018-10-31
Location: Sydney Australia
Date: 2020-01-05
Location: Sydney Australia
Date: 2020-01-05
Location: Purdue gardens Indiana  zone 5
Date: 2015-08-02
mass planting of the ''Valient''series
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-09-19
Morning Dewdrops 002
Location: all photos from my gardens
Date: 2018-07-09
Location: my garden 
Date: 2015-08-10
Location: my garden 
Date: 2014-09-25

Date: 9/20/11
Location: Atlanta BG
Date: Aug 16
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-08-20
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-08-20

Date: Summer 2010

Date: Summer 2010
Location: Mysore, India
Date: 25th December, 2014
Seedpods of Vinca rosea
Location: Fort Worth, Tx
Date: 2014-05-21

Date: 2011-12-18
Location: my garden 
Date: 2014-07-07
Location: Fair Oaks Ranch, TX
Date: 2016-06-16
Catharansus roseus
Location: My garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2013-09-05
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-02-14
Location: Houston
Date: 2014-05-17
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2017-07-13
Location: My backyard.
Date: 2014-07-22
Pink Vinca

Date: 2011-11-26
Location: NE., Fl.
Date: 2013-11-18
Location: Rio de Janeiro town, Brazil
Date: 2013-12-04
Location: Mysore, India
Date: 2015-03-25
Close up of open pod.
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-05-05
Location: Houston
Date: 2014-05-18
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2016-06-22
Pink flowers
Location: NE., Fl.
Date: Nov. 2013
Location: NE., Fl.
Date: Nov. 2013
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-08-20
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-08-20

Date: 2012-08-25
Location: Paraty town,  Brazil
Date: 2014-12-22
Location: Riverside, CA
Date: 2015-12-12
Location: NE., Fl.
Date: 2013-09-22
Location: Fairfax VA
Date: 2022-06-25
Location: Paraty town, Brazil
Date: 2013-12-31
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: October 14, 2011
Location: Paraty town, Brazil
Date: 2013-12-31
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: October 14, 2011
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2017-01-29
Location: Mysore, India
After the rains, the blooms look very lovely.
Location: my garden 
Date: 2016-05-26

Date: March 31, 2008
photo by Arria Belli
Location: Riverside, CA
Date: 2014-05-23
Location: zone 10 Martin County, Fl.
Date: 2010-06-06
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Comments:
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 15, 2011 2:30 PM concerning plant:
    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
Curious if this is Catharanthus? by purpleinopp Mar 27, 2022 5:35 AM 4

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