Catharanthus roseus, commonly known as bright eyes, Cape periwinkle, graveyard plant, Madagascar periwinkle, old maid, pink periwinkle, rose periwinkle, is a species of flowering plant in the family Apocynaceae.
|Common name||Madagascar Periwinkle|
|Maximum Reachable Height||3-6 inches tall|
|Bloom Time||Plants bloom in March or April and sometimes again in the fall|
Planting And Care
Apply infrequent supplemental water in only the hottest and driest periods. In temperate zones, water the plants only until established and then rarely. The plant thrives in ideal zones, in either partial shade or partial sun. The key is heat and dryness for a healthy rosy periwinkle.
- Madagascar Periwinkle thrives in full sun, as long as it is well-watered.
- Plants that don’t get enough light will grow tall and leggy, with few blooms.
- Moving it outdoors for the summer may be just the solution.
- Although it prefers rich, slightly moist soil, it tolerates a wide range of conditions, including clay, alkaline soils and drought.
- Periwinkle has shallow, spreading, fibrous roots that hold soil in place.
- Apply infrequent supplemental water in only the hottest and driest periods.
- In temperate zones, water the plants only until established and then rarely.
Application of Fertilizer
- Feed every 2 weeks with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer diluted by half while periwinkle plant is growing and flowering.
- Madagascar periwinkle is a vigorous grower, quickly filling a small pot in a short time.
- Repot when your periwinkle plant outgrows its pot, moving it up to a pot 1-inch (2.5 cm) larger.
- Don’t over-pot, because a too-large container will hold too much water, which can lead to root rot.