Common name : Madagascar Periwinkle, Periwinkle

Scientific name : Catharanthusroseus

Family : Apocynaceae

Native land : Madagascar

Periwinkle is an evergreen subshrub or herbaceous plant. It produces attractive bushy foliage that is covered by an often profuse bloom of phlox-like flowers from summer to frost. Much softwood branches from the ground and gives it an appearance of fullness. It blooms best in summers. The leaves are oval to oblong. Tubular flowers have five flattened petal-like lobes and appear singly in the upper leaf axils. The flowers come in a wide variety of colours. Some varieties are used as a traditional medicinal plant used to control diabetes, in various regions of the world.

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