A perennial herb or subshrub with dark green foliage and attractive pink flowers produced inprofusion. While endangered in its native habitat in Madagascar, it has naturalized in other parts of the world and is widely cultivated as an ornamental as well as for its medicinal properties. Several alkaloids important in the treatment of cancer are extracted from the plant, and it is also widely used in traditional medicine. It can be grown as a perennial in frost free climates or as an annual in temperate zones and work well in patio tubs and pots in cooler climates.
It is an evergreen subshrub or herbaceous plant growing 1 m tall. The leaves are oval to oblong, 2.5–9 cm long and 1–3.5 cm broad, glossy green, hairless, with a pale midrib and a short petiole 1–1.8 cm long; they are arranged in opposite pairs. The flowers are white to dark pink with a darker red centre, with a basal tube 2.5–3 cm long and a corolla 2–5 cm diameter with five petal-like lobes. The fruit is a pair of follicles 2–4 cm long and 3 mm broad.
In Ayurveda (Indian traditional medicine) the extracts of its roots and shoots, though poisonous, is used against several diseases. In traditional Chinese medicine, extracts from it have been used against numerous diseases, including diabetes, malaria, and Hodgkin's lymphoma. Many of the vinca alkaloids were first isolated from Catharanthus roseus. The substances vinblastine and vincristine extracted from the plant are used in the treatment of leukemia and Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Come in packs of 50 fresh seeds
Full germination and growing instructions included.
Catharanthus roseus - Madagascar Periwinkle
- Product Code: Catharanthus roseus - Madagascar Periwinkle
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