Catharanthus roseus

Catharanthus_roseus by Joy Deep
Photo by Joy Deep

Common names: Madagascar periwinkle

Catharanthus roseus (Madagascar periwinkle) is a herb/ (family Apocynaceae) with pink flowers and oval shaped leaves found in the south coast and desert ranges of California. It is native to Madagascar. It favors dunes, grasslands, and scrub and chaparral habitat. It spreads via seeds and is easily cultivated. Seeds are dispersed by ants, water, wind and dumped garden waste.

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