Family:
Apocynaceae
Scientific Name:
Catharanthus roseus
Toxins:
vincristine indole vinca alkaloids
Flower Color:
Found:
coastal, ornamental, gardens, dunes

Geographical Distribution

Madagascar periwinkle  distribution - United States

Madagascar Periwinkle

Catharanthus roseus

Large periwinkle, Vinca, Periwinkle, bright eyes, Cape periwinkle, graveyard plant, Old maid
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Madagascar periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus) is a perennial herb which produces bright, colorful white to pink or purple flowers. The plant is native from Madagascar to India, but has spread throughout the tropics and is cultivated worldwide as an ornamental garden plant. All parts of the plant are toxic, containing vinca alkaloids, specifically vincristine.

Symptoms

  • Severe diarrhea
  • paralysis
  • coma
  • death