The Toughest Annual for Late Summer

Catharanthus rosea, Madagascar Periwinkle is known to many gardeners just as Vinca. Dr. Richter used to tell our patients, “We’re going to give you a little of the periwinkle,” and the purple fluid extract would drip into veins of leukemia patients and certain other cancer victims.

Madagascar periwinkles follow Black eyed Susans in the Front Garden. As I pull the rudbeckias, enough periwinkle seed come to the top to germinate in the light and heat of summer. Mrs. Cox at Lake Seminole told me to stir the soil when the weather warmed to bring back periwinkles. Pulling other spent plants works for me.

Here, a periwinkle hides under the edge of Lemon Grass.

These plants survived a drought that wilted Melampodium. That’s how tough they are.

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  1. “These plants survived a drought that wilted Melampodium. That’s how tough they are.” And folks say Clint Eastwood (Dirty Harry) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator) are TOUGH, BUT plants that survive drought that wilts Melampodium, now that’s TOUGH…….:-)

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