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CATHARANTHUS roseus 'Tutti Frutti Mix'

Image of Catharanthus roseus 'Tutti Frutti Mix' (TUTTI FRUTTI SERIES)

Family

Apocynaceae

Botanical Name

CATHARANTHUS roseus 'Tutti Frutti Mix'( TUTTI FRUTTI SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Madagascar Periwinkle, Tutti Frutti Mix Vinca, Vinca

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General Description

Madagascar periwinkles in the Tutti Frutti Series are mounding tropical evergreen shrubs that are grown as tender perennials in temperate climates. Heat and drought tolerant, 'Tutti Frutti Mix' includes everblooming plants that bear large, radial, five-petaled flowers that are both solid or bicolored. Blossoms are either red, coral, apricot or peach, some with a white central eye.

Plant these tough ornamentals in sunny beds and borders or containers. In tropical regions they can be planted in mixed shrub borders or near building foundations and the ocean. Madagascar periwinkle fails in soggy, heavy soils and will suffer from root rot in poorly drained conditions. Plants will reseed themselves, and in warm regions can be considered invasive as they will grow in poor, warm soils in marginal areas.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, 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

    Shrub

  • 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

    Drought

  • 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

    Red, Light Pink, Coral, Peach

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • 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

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No