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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.
Flower colour: white, pink, mauve
Flowering season: spring summer autumn
Maximum height: 1 metres
Minimum height: 0.4 metres
Maximum width: 0.5 metres
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.
Clay: dry, moist, well-drained.
Sand: moist, well-drained.
Planting season: Spring in cooler areas, all year round in warm areas.
Types of fertiliser: not specified.