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Madagascar seeds

Seed from Madagascar

A storm in 1685 brought, in a wind-tossed brigantine seeking haven in the port of Charles Town, the scant bushel of seed from Madagascar which became the source of the famous Carolina Gold rice. The story of rice growing from this period until 1911, when a storm destroyed rice planting in South Carolina is told here by one-time Governor Heyward who was a rice planter himself.

Originally published in 1937.

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Periwinkle, Madagascar (Catharanthus roseus), packet of 50 seeds

(Vinca rosea, Vinca) Evergreen perennial subshrub with widespread distribution in the tropics. Excellent choice for sandy areas needing stabilization. Makes masses of very pretty white or pink flowers. Traditional usage (TAM): stomach pain. Source of anticancer compound vincristine, used mainly in treating infant leukemia. Plant prefers full sun and fast-draining, even very sandy soils. The plants will flower in the first year. Sow in spring. Barely cover seed with soil, tamp securely, and keep warm, shaded and evenly moist. Germ in 2 weeks. Thin or transplant seedlings to 1 foot apart.
50 seeds/pkt., Open Pollinated, Untreated, NO GMO’s

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Sachin Apiah – March 20, 2020

Im interested in getting the Periwinkle, Madagascar (Catharanthus roseus), packet of 20 seeds, organic ( Do you still have them in stock?

How long do you suppose it would take to ship your product to the Bay Area, California (San Jose)?

Richo Cech – March 21, 2020

Hello Sachin,
Thanks for getting in touch with us. I checked the Madgagascar Periwinkle and as of 9:18 AM on 3/21/2020 there were still 9 packets in stock. Please feel free to order. At this point, seeds ordered today should be received in San Jose within 3 weeks.
Best regards,

PATRICIA C. – July 16, 2020

How would this plant be used to help with diabetes and high blood pressure?

Richo Cech – July 16, 2020

Hi Patricia,
American herbalists normally don’t use Madagascar Periwinkle–extracts are still used medically for treating infant leukemia and probably the plant is used in Africa and other locations where it grows naturally. In my botanizing in Africa i found witch doctors to be not particularly interested in this plant, although the local people liked the bright flowers. Herbalists often use plants like ashitaba, bitter melon and linden in treatment of metabolic disorder.

Poonam K – March 15, 2021

Hi can I get a sapling of Madagascar Periwinkle instead of seeds. I need it at San Mateo 94402

Richo Cech – March 15, 2021

Hello Poonam, We do have a flat of these but too few to list. The only way I can think of to get one to you is if you make an order for plants and put these words in the customer comments field at checkout: “please add one Madagascar periwinkle plant to this order and I authorize you to charge my card $15.00 extra for the plant.” BTW they are very nice.

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