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CATHARANTHUS roseus 'Titan Mix'

Image of Catharanthus roseus 'Titan Mix' (TITAN SERIES)

James Burghardt

Family

Apocynaceae

Botanical Name

CATHARANTHUS roseus 'Titan Mix'( TITAN SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Madagascar Periwinkle, Titan Mix Vinca, Vinca

General Description

Members of the Titan Series have neat mounded habits, are large and heavy-flowering, and vigorous. The series is offered by Ball Horticultural Company and comes in a wide array of colors.

Vinca, or Madagascar periwinkle, is a tropical evergreen shrub that is grown as a tender annual or perennial in temperate climates. It is a highly heat and drought tolerant ornamental that blooms continuously and bears large, radial five-petaled blooms of red, pink, lilac, burgundy, magenta, purple or white throughout the growing season. Its glossy dark green foliage is dense and lush.

Vinca grows best in sites with full to partial sun and poor to fertile well-drained soil. This tough ornamental does well in hot, sunny beds and borders or sunny containers. Titan Series plants even excel in regions with only cool, mild summers as well as seaside. Madagascar periwinkle suffers in wet, heavy soils and will succumb to root rot with oppressive humidity and overwatering. It will reseed itself across the landscape, potentially being invasive in some warm regions with light soils.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    14"-16" / 35.6cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Madagascar

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red, Pink, Magenta, Rose, Burgundy, Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Foundation, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes