Madagascar Periwinkle

15 Dec

The Madagascar Periwinkle, or just plain Periwinkle as most call it, is not a Florida native – but it can be found growing wild throughout central & south Florida. The main road on Sanibel Island is even named after this pretty little flower.

Many new fancy varieties can be found in the “big box” garden centers labeled as Vinca, yet those seem to get fungus and die quickly for me. The tried and true original (shown below) that I remember from my childhood is the star performer.

There is a gas station nearby that has a large Periwinkle plant growing from the cracks on its cement pump island. Not a drop of dirt in sight & only gets water when it rains – but the plant is always green & covered with flowers. So if you have a sunny, dry hot spot where nothing else will grow – throw in a few Periwinkle seeds!

Madagascar Periwinkle - Catharanthus Reseus


3 Responses to “Madagascar Periwinkle”

  1. Suwannee Refugee December 15, 2010 at 6:57 pm #

    Good to know. I’ve seen this stuff all over.

  2. Wicked Gardener January 13, 2011 at 12:19 am #

    Good to know. I’ve had bad luck with the big box varities too. Need to hunt some from the wild!

    • FlaScenics January 13, 2011 at 9:55 am #

      You should be able to buy seeds! Just look for the white & purple types….

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