These just sprouted at the base of my oak tree. I don’t know how they got there, but I am letting them get established.

Based on the blossoms I would say they’re impatiens, but the shape of the leaves are throwing me off.

Would anyone know what variety this would be?


It's not an Impatiens; this is Catharanthus roseus, Madagascar Periwinkle. Native to Madagascar and widely cultivated throughout the tropics & sub-tropics. Also naturalised in many regions. Flower colour varies from white through various shades of pink.




  • Good job Ben. I just found it and got all excited only to find you had already been there done that, grins!
    – stormy
    Feb 27 '18 at 7:29
  • Thanks for the ID. I am still wondering how it got there. Feb 27 '18 at 20:34

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