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Rosy periwinkle

Catharanthus roseus

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You’ll find the Rosy periwinkle in the Amazonica and small islands glasshouses.

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You might notice the natural variation of flower colour from white to dark pink.

Despite its unassuming appearance, it is a very powerful plant containing over 70 highly toxic alkaloids to deter animals from eating it. One of these alkaloids, called vinblastine, is used as a cancer fighting medicine, helping to increase the survival rate of childhood leukemia from 10% to 90%.

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