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Rose Periwinkle, Cayenne Jasmine, Madagascar Periwinkle, Old Maid, Vinca 'Raspberry Red Cooler'

Catharanthus roseus

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Catharanthus (kat-uh-RANTH-us) (Info)
Species: roseus (RO-zee-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Raspberry Red Cooler
Additional cultivar information:(Cooler series)



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall



Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Lakeland, Florida

Braselton, Georgia

Denham Springs, Louisiana

Georgetown, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 26, 2012, steadycam3 from Houston Heights, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Several times I have planted multiple colors of this plant but the only one that finally survives is this hot pink color. It comes back after a hard freeze and is perennial in my Zone 9a garden.


On Jul 14, 2006, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

In my experience, w/o a doubt Vincas are THE EASIEST annual to grow in hot, dry or sunny areas. This plant is absolutely care-free w/ no dead-heading and requires little water at all. Doesn't seem bothered by pests or disease. Will also re-seed under the right conditions, though I don't get that many volunteers to come back- wish I did!