Catharanthus roseus (L.) G.Don
Frost-tender, woody-based, fleshy, evergreen perennial, erect at first, then spreading, with oblong leaves, to 5cm long, and pink, red or white, salverform flowers, to 4cm across, produced from the upper leaf axils in spring and summer. To 60cm. [RHSE, Hortus]. See also Catharanthus roseus (L.) G.Don var. albus.
Horticultural & Botanical History
‘The Vinca rosea was first cultivated in this country by Mr. Philip Miller in 1757, he observes that it deserves a place in the stove as much as any of the exotic plants we have in England, because the flowers are very beautiful, and there is a constant succession of them all the summer.’ [BM t.248/1793].
History at Camden Park
Listed in all published catalogues [T.999/1843].
Published Jun 03, 2009 - 05:15 PM | Last updated Jul 14, 2010 - 11:51 AM