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Catharanthus roseus (Periwinkle, Vinca)

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Plant description

catharanthus roseus periwinkle 1241

catharanthus roseus periwinkle.

Catharanthus roseus, periwinkle, is a herbaceous decorative perennial plant, with long lasting colourful flowers in shades from white to pinks, mauves, apricots, often with a contrasting red eye. It is a popular bedding plant, treated as an annual in cooler areas, and for year round colour in sub-tropical to tropical areas. It is dry and poor soil tolerant, and is an easy care plant, troubled by few pests or diseases. Grow in sunny to part shaded spots. Good for massed planting, among other garden plants, and is a great container plant.

All parts of the plant will cause severe irritation, and can be toxic, if ingested.

Catharanthus roseus is also known as Vinca roseus.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: white, pink, mauve
Flowering season: spring summer autumn

Plant size

Maximum height: 1 metres
Minimum height: 0.4 metres

Maximum width: 0.5 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: dry, moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Spring in cooler areas, all year round in warm areas.

Types of fertiliser: not specified.

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