Periwinkle, Madagascar (Catharanthus roseus), packet of 20 seeds, organic
Family: Dogbane (Apocynaceae)
Hardy to Zones 9 to 12, otherwise grown as an annual, 120 days to flowers
(Vinca rosea, Vinca) Evergreen perennial subshrub with widespread distribution in the tropics. Excellent choice for sandy areas needing stabilization. Makes masses of very pretty white or pink flowers. Traditional usage (TAM): stomach pain. Source of anticancer compound vincristine, used mainly in treating infant leukemia. Plant prefers full sun and fast-draining, even very sandy soils. The plants will flower in the first year. Sow in spring. Barely cover seed with soil, tamp securely, and keep warm, shaded and evenly moist. Germ in 2 weeks. Thin or transplant seedlings to 1 foot apart.
Organically grown, 20 seeds/pkt.