June 23, 2017

Out of Madagascar

Catharanthus roseus - Vinca 'Jams 'N Jellies Blackberry'

Janine Pineo Photo | Catharanthus roseus – Vinca ‘Jams ‘N Jellies Blackberry’

Catharanthus roseus is better known as vinca and is unique to Madagascar, where it is an endangered plant in the wild. However, a number of cultivars of Madagascar periwinkle have made it a popular garden plant around the world, including this All-America Selections winner for 2012: Vinca ‘Jams ‘N Jellies Blackberry.’ With its deep purple petals and white eye, the plant is easy to grow, according to the AAS description, and is drought- and heat-tolerant. The plants can reach up to 14 inches in height at maturity. Hardy to Zone 9, it should be started indoors here in Maine to achieve its flowering glory in late summer.

Photographed at Rogers Farm, University of Maine, Stillwater.