Catharanthus roseus (L.) G. Don - Madagascar Periwinkle
Family - Apocynaceae
Flowering - May - September.
Habitat - Frequently cultivated and rarely escaped to old homesites and disturbed sites.
Origin - Native to Madagascar.
Other information - This attractive species species can be found cultivated throughout much of Alabama but is escaped in just a handful of counties. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its big flowers, shiny leaves, and paired fruits. The flowers are typically pink but white flowers are also common.
Photographs taken in Lochapocka, AL., 9-23-04.