Periwinkle (pink or white) (Catharanthus roseus)

Small garden perennial growing up to 100cm.
The flowers are about 3cm across with a slender tube that expands into 5 broad rounded petals. The most common form is bright pink with a slightly darker centre. There is also a white variety.
The leaves are opposite, shiny and bright green with a white midrib, 4-6cm long and 2-3cm wide.

Toxicity category: 2
Category 2 - Potentially toxic

Warning: Seek medical attention if exposure results in symptoms.

Common name: Periwinkle (pink or white)

Botanical name: Catharanthus roseus (previously known as Vinca rosea).

Other common names: Madagascar periwinkle, Vinca

Family: Apocynaceae

General description: Small garden perennial growing up to 100cm.

Flowers: The flowers are about 3cm across with a slender tube that expands into 5 broad rounded petals. The most common form is bright pink with a slightly darker centre. There is also a white variety.

Leaves: The leaves are opposite, shiny and bright green with a white midrib, 4-6cm long and 2-3cm wide.

Fruit/Berries: The fruit is a cylindrical pod 2-3cm long which contains numerous small black seeds.

Other: Milky sap.

Symptoms: All parts of the plant are toxic but symptoms are unlikely from small ingestions. Symptoms may include fever, nausea, vomiting, nerve damage, headache and hallucinations.

Toxicity category: 2
Category 2 - Potentially toxic

Warning: Seek medical attention if exposure results in symptoms.

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