Catharanthus roseus, commonly known as bright eyes, Cape periwinkle, graveyard plant, Madagascar periwinkle, old maid, pink periwinkle, rose periwinkle, is a species of flowering plant in the dogbane family Apocynaceae.
Previously included in the Vinca plant genus as Vinca roseus or Vinca rastrera, Catharanthus roseus is an evergreen sub-shrub known for its glossy green leaves. It belongs to the Apocynaceae (dogbane) family of plants. It’s native to Madagascar and cultivated throughout the world as an ornamental plant and as a medicinal plant. It’s a hardy plant and popular in subtropical gardens. Trailing vinca is a small perennial (in warm locations) with a woody base. It produces a mound of woody stems and glossy green foliage, reaching a height of about 6” – 18” inches. It’s a low maintenance trailing plant spreading easily, making to a common choice for ground cover in a garden bed. The leaves are oblong and measure about 2” inches.