Small shrub. Often grown as an annual
Evergreen. Semi-evergreen in zone 9b
0,5 - 0,8 m
Pink. There are varieties with red or white flowers
Year-round in tropical climates, spring to autumn differently
- Contains alkaloids and has been widely used in traditional medicine for the treatment of various diseases including diabetes and malaria. Also considered to have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antibiotic, cardiotonic and other pharmaceutical properties
- Substances extracted from the plant (eg, vinblastine, vincristine) are used in modern medicine and because of the properties of these has been the subject of extensive scientific research. There is even a group of anticancer medicines called "vinca alkaloids"
- In some areas considered invasive species