“V” Is For Vinca

Annual Vinca (Catharanthus roseus)
Image credit, pixabay.com


Scripture reference;

1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” Psalm 100 KJV



Annual vinca is a long blooming sun loving tender perennial plant. It won’t survive a frost, so it must be treated as an annual in places that have cold winters. It comes in shades of red white, pink and lavender. Its common names are Madagascar periwinkle or rosy periwinkle. The most common are upright plants that get to be 1-2 feet tall, but there are some new varieties that trail. I bought a couple of the trailing ones in hanging baskets a few years ago, and enjoyed the way they looked hanging from my double shepherd hook.

These beautiful plants love the sun and tolerate shade. They appreciate some water, but don’t do well when over-watered. This is where they differ the most from impatiens. Impatiens can take a little morning sun, but definitely need afternoon shade. They also like more water. How do you tell these two plants apart if the tag is missing? Look at the leaves. Many impatiens have small heart shaped leaves (see my post “I”  Is For Impatiens). Annual Vinca plants have dark, oblong leaves with contrasting veins that are light green.

One more thing you need to know is that there is a perennial form of vinca that is used for ground covers, and usually has either a blue or lavender flower. It is called Vinca minor. Its common names are creeping myrtle and periwinkle flower.  Vina minor is beautiful, but can be invasive.


Sometimes it is hard to tell one flower from another. We can’t always tell much about people either.  The Lord knows it all, and He has made it possible to know Him. He is always truthful and merciful.


“Vinca” by Theresa Anne Moore


When I saw her growing there

A little flower who had no care

I was inspired and grateful to be

Reminded that God had made her and me.



This post was submitted as part of the A to Z Challenge, where participants agree to post an article that corresponds to each letter of the alphabet and publish an article every day during the month of April (except Sundays).

Here at Serenaded Softly, my theme for the month is Blossoming Verses, where I’ll share a picture of something in bloom, a passage of scripture, and a poem.

If you are looking for a more in-depth devotion you may visit my companion blog, Moore To Ponder


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5 thoughts on ““V” Is For Vinca

  1. Reblogged this on Moore to Ponder and commented:

    “Sometimes it is hard to tell one flower from another. We can’t always tell much about people either. The Lord knows it all, and He has made it possible to know Him. He is always truthful and merciful.”

  2. Sue Archer says:

    Such a beautiful flower! I had not heard of the vinca flower. Looking forward to seeing what you choose for the remaining letters!

  3. Thank you, Sue.
    I have no idea what I will come up with next.


  4. Debbie says:

    Oh you are just a wealth of knowledge for us! I loved learning about the flowers from you! And, I think I have had some of these before! If I get some again, I will pay more attention to what they like the best! 🙂
    Thank you !
    Love, deb

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