Sep 27, 2010

Pink Rosy Periwinkle

Indonesian people call it Bunga Tapak Dara. Its botanical name is Catharanthus roseus. Rosy Periwinkle has silky, dark green, oval leaves (1-2 inches long) and flowers all summer long. The blooms of the natural wild plants are a pale pink with a purple "eye" in their centers.

The plant has traditionally been used to treat a wide variety of diseases. It was used as a folk remedy for Diabetes in Europe for centuries (also in Indonesia). In India, juice from the leaves was used to treat wasp stings. In Hawaii, the plant was boiled to make a poultice to stop bleeding. In China, it was used as an astringent, diuretic and cough remedy. In Central and South America, it was used as a homemade cold remedy to ease lung congestion and inflammation and sore throats. Throughout the Caribbean, an extract from the flowers was used to make a solution to treat eye irritation and infections. Very interesting plant, isn’t it?

Moreover, it also had a reputation as a magic plant; Europeans thought it could ward off evil spirits, and the French referred to it as "violet of the sorcerers."

I captured these flowers, on my visit to my grandfather’s house. I saw the plant on the left side yard.

10 komentar:

Larry September 27, 2010  

A lovely color and bloom! L

deasy September 27, 2010  

Bunga tapak dara sangat bermanfaat lho:) Nice post Lina

eden September 27, 2010  

What a lovely flower! Love the color.

Goyang Karawang September 27, 2010  

tapak dara.. namanya unik mba.. tampaknya punya korelasi dengan perempuan :)

Jane September 27, 2010  

nice flower indeed

Dhemz September 27, 2010  

I miss this kind of flower...we have tons of this in our backyard way back in the Philippines.

Ana Cristina September 28, 2010  

Beautiful flower!

JENIE=) September 28, 2010  

wow its beautiful inside and out then ;)

nice to be here again lina hope u can visit and comment too
life round meNyou

Unknown July 01, 2015  

Wow! It is really nice Indonesia flower. I like flowers very much, especially rare ones. Just like this. This little roses just like me) Please keep it good posting. also you can visit my blog, as always write my paper help me a lot! September 09, 2015  

What a niceflower ;)

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