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Catharanthus roseus/Periwinkle

Catharanthus roseus / Catharanthus roseus
Two varieties showing different heights and colors
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Two varieties showing different heights and colors

Border planting of mixed varieties in full sunlight

Planting in summer showing how plants spread and cover large areas of bed when growing under ideal conditions

Planting with mixed varieties

Mass border planting

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Scientific Name: Catharanthus roseus
Common Name: Periwinkle
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer, Fall
Flower color: Various
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants That Attract Butterflies
Comments: Cascading plants useful in baskets, hanging over walls, and massed as bedding plants. Canker, a fungus disease, does kill this species, especially during wet seasons. Does best in hot, dry seasons. Must have well drained soil, preferably in raised beds and full sunlight. Can self-seed on sites where conditions are favorable.