How to grow Catharanthus roseus

Catharanthus roseus grow and care – subshrub herbaceous of the genus Catharanthus also known as Vinca rosea or Madagascar periwinkle, Catharanthus roseus perennial evergreen or annual used as ornamental or medical plant, can grow in tropics, mediterranean, desert, subtropics or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 10+ (as perennial) 4-9 (as annual).

Leaves color green in oval shape.

Catharanthus roseus flower

Flower color can be: red, white, orange, pink, magenta or purple, sometimes the inner part darker or lighter, there are five petals in lobed shape.

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How to grow Catharanthus roseus growing and care:

For perennial more than 5C, well drained

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Spring (as annual) spring, summer to autumn (as perennial 10b)

Pests and diseases:
Thrips, aphids, spider mite

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Dead flowers and leaves

Size of the plant?
30-70 cm, 12-28 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring / Summer / Autumn

General information about the flower:
Flower with five petals like lobed, the color can be: red, white, orange, pink, magenta or purple, sometimes the inner part darker or lighter, five petals in lobed shape

Scientific name:

Catharanthus roseus

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Blooming Seasons
  • Autumn flowers
  • Spring flowers
  • Summer flowers
Flower colors
  • Pink flower
  • Purple flower
  • Red flower
  • White flower
  • Desert Climate
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Annual plant
  • Evergreen
  • Herbaceous
  • Perennial plant
  • Subshrub
Plant Uses
  • Medical uses
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13
  • Hardiness zone 4
  • Hardiness zone 5
  • Hardiness zone 6
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9

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