Thursday, April 25, 2013

Vinca Rosea Singapore Flower

With the botanical name Catharanthus roseus, vinca rosea is also commonly called Madagascar periwinkle, rose periwinkle and cape periwinkle. Vinca rosea prefers poor, unfertile soil. Vinca rosea has a glossy, deep green, oval leaf and blooms with long-lasting, five-petal pink, lilac or white flowers.

As far back as medieval times, Vinca Rosea has been used as a charm and for love potions. Garlands were once fashioned from the flowers to protect the wearer from evil spirits, while the French came to see vinca rosea as an emblem of friendship. Today, many still believe in the spiritual power of vinca rosea.

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