The flowers of the Madagascar periwinkle are very similar to those of the African violet. The leaves are also similar, but the Madagascar periwinkle has a more upright growth habit. The Madagascar periwinkle is a perennial that can grow to be 3 feet tall. It is native to Madagascar and is now cultivated in many tropical and subtropical regions. Catharanthus photos:
The Madagascar periwinkle is a very easy plant to grow. It is a great plant for a beginner. It can be grown in a pot or in the ground.