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Catharanthus roseus 'Raspberry Red Cooler'

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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)

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Category:
Annuals
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:
Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
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

Foliage:
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Suitable for growing in containers

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

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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive steadycam3 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.

Positive berrygirl 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!

Regional...

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

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Gibsonia, Florida
Braselton, Georgia
Denham Springs, Louisiana
Serenada, Texas



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