Sunday, February 26, 2012

Rose Periwinkle

Rose Periwinkle
Catharanthus roseus
(kat-uh-RANTH-us) (RO-zee-us)
Synonyms: Vinca, Cayenne Jasmine, Madagascar Periwinkle, Old Maid

Lazy Sunday so far. This beauty is annual in our area and a bit of a finicky one. When it does grow it truly reminds me of a garden aristocrat. The plants are short and don’t really spread that much. I have found they like some moisture and few hours respite from the afternoon sun. They have not done well in containers for us. This isn’t a common plant at growers around here but if you are persistent you can find them.

Today’s bonus flower picture is an abstract of a Strawflower. They are fun to grow with their bright and bristly flowers. Do not water them too much.

Bracteantha bracteatum
(brak-tee-AN-tha) (brak-tee-AY-tum)
Synonyms: Everlasting Daisy, Golden Everlasting

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