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Rose Periwinkle, Madagascar periwinkle

Catharanthus roseus var. nanus  • 

Photo: Rose Periwinkle, Madagascar periwinkle

Category:
Small shrub. Often grown as an annual
fOLIAGE:
Evergreen. Semi-evergreen in zone 9b
Height:
0,5 - 0,8 m
Growth rate:
fast
Flowers:
Pink. There are varieties with red or white flowers
Aroma:
not
Flowering period:
Year-round in tropical climates, spring to autumn differently
Other:
- 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

Properties

Height
1 - 40 cm
Color
Soil type
Any
Sunlight
Full sun, Partial shade
PH
Neutral
Moisture
Well-drained
Hardiness
Hardy