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Catharanthus roseus 'Little Pinkie'

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Catharanthus (kat-uh-RANTH-us) (Info)
Species: roseus (RO-zee-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Little Pinkie

Synonym:Vinca rosea

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
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; 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

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No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral CarloInTX On Jul 26, 2009, CarloInTX from Denton, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Description says suitable for xeriscaping, but while it may take the dry, it won't take the heat. Several days at 100+ with 1/2 sun will wipe 'em out, and you'll be nursing them back. I have to water them every day.


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

Mobile, Alabama
Glendale, Arizona
Goodyear, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Tolleson, Arizona
Yuma, Arizona
Paragould, Arkansas
Fallbrook, California
Ontario, California
Fort Myers, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Inverness, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Niceville, Florida
Saint Cloud, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida (2 reports)
Milledgeville, Georgia
Peru, Indiana
Barbourville, Kentucky
Scott, Louisiana
Potomac, Maryland
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Denton, Texas
Humble, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
San Augustine, Texas
Willis, Texas
Appomattox, Virginia
Portsmouth, Virginia

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