Anonymous asked in Home & GardenGarden & Landscape · 9 years ago

Where does the Vincristine periwinkle plant grow?

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  • 9 years ago
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    Periwinkle (Vincristine)Catharanthus Roseus.

    Traditional healers used Madagascar periwinkle for many purposes. In India, the juice of the leaves was used to treat wasp stings. Hawaiians made an extract of the boiled plant that was used to arrest bleeding. Central and South American natives used Madagascar periwinkle as a gargle to ease sore throats and respiratory ailments; and Caribbean Islanders still use an extract of the flowers as an eyewash.

    Although it is a native to the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar, the Madagascar periwinkle is extensively cultivated and has become naturalized in many warm regions of the world, including the southern United States.

    Source(s): University of Iowa Hospital
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