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Rose Periwinkle, Cayenne Jasmine, Madagascar Periwinkle, Old Maid, Vinca 'Pacifica Polka Dot'

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

Category:

Annuals

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

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

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

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

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

On Jul 14, 2006, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) 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!

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