Periwinkle Flower - aka Sadabahaar (hindi)
My first memory of this pink flower (which I later found out was called the periwinkle) was at my Grandmas place near the beach. Every morning a worker would fill water from the well in a brass pot (matka) and water the sandy flower beds from which the periwinkles sprang up. I loved watching them nodding at the sun and dancing in the wind. Periwinkles grow perpetually all year through and are also available in shades of white and purple.
The technical name of this plant is Catharanthus pussilus which comes from the Greek word meaning ' pure flower'. Previously it was known by the botanical name of Vinca Rosea. It is also known as Madagascar periwinkle. Today, the leaves and roots of the periwinkle are used in the pharmaceutical industry and in ayurvedic medicines to treat different diseases like diabetes, hypertension and cancer.
Sadabahar or periwinkle is very easy to grow. Just pluck a branch from another plant and stick it in well drained soil. Soon roots will grow and the pink flowers will multiply. I picked a four inch branch one year ago from someone's garden and today I have a flowerbed overflowing with sadabahaar periwinkle flowers. Looks very pretty from the road too.
Another way to grow a periwinkle plant is to pick the little pods with seeds from the stem and plant them. Many folks think of them as a weed though and use weedicides to get rid of the plant. A very happy smiling kind of flower, I simply love to see the periwinkle grow sadabahaar (perpetually) in my garden.