A Tough Summer Flower – Madagascar Periwinkle

The summer heat and drought last year wilted a lot of summer flowers. This year you can avoid the disappointment by planting Madagascar Periwinkle. Where it is hot, sunny and dry – this flower is at its best.

Madagascar Periwinkle

Madagascar Periwinkle is native to Madagascar (as its name implies) and it is an evergreen perennial. In North America it is usually planted where other flowers find it difficult to grow, like boulevard strips and hot areas such as beds beside driveways. You can also plant but them in containers and they will make a great flower for your patio.

This flower grows about a foot in height and a foot in width. Its leaves are deep green and glossy, with many five-petaled flowers which come in shades of pink and purple.

Madagascar periwinkle likes places that have full sun exposure and drained soil. When the flower is first planted, it needs regular watering but after a while they should only be watered when the soil is dry.

[Via: StarTribune.com]

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