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PlantFiles: Rose Periwinkle, Cayenne Jasmine, Madagascar Periwinkle, Old Maid, Vinca
Catharanthus roseus 'Pacifica Polka Dot'

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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: Pacifica Polka Dot
Additional cultivar information: (Pacifica series)

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Annuals
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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

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

Hardiness:
Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after 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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Profile:

2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive vossner On Jun 3, 2007, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Common, yes, but add so much cheer to the garden. I treat them as annuals, use them in patio pots, and water sparingly as they are susceptible to fungus.

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:

Sacramento, California
Clearwater, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Braselton, Georgia
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Richmond, Texas
Uvalde, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah



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