|Subkingdom:||Tracheobionta – Vascular plants|
|Superdivision:||Spermatophyta – Seed plants|
|Division:||Magnoliophyta or Angiosperms – Flowering plants|
|Class:||Magnoliopsida – Dicots|
|Family:||Apocynaceae (The Oleander family)|
|Botanical name:||Vinca rosea or Catharanthus roseus|
|Common Name:||Periwinkle or Madagascar Periwinkle|
|Malayalam Name:||Shavam Naari or Nithyakallyani or Ushamalari|
The plant is a native of Madagascar. The leaves are glossy and have a white center vein. Vinca rosea flowers throughout the year. It produces beautiful flowers in a variety of colors as well as designs. Here are some pictures of the lilac and white varieties which are having magenta 'eyes' in their centers. This plant can be propagated from stem cuttings.
The above pictures were taken with Nikon Coolpix. Please click on each picture to get the full view.
Location: My garden at Kottayam, Kerala