Vinca plants have glossy green leaves and simple flowers with single blossoms. Flower colors include pink, read, white, lavender and multicolor. They are perennial natives of Madagascar.
In the cooler climate of North America, vinca acts like an annual and blooms from late spring until the first frost. In the southern United States, it acts like a perennial and does not die back in the winter.
Vinca plants are drought tolerant and require very little maintenance. The flowers do not need to be pinched back as they fade, since they drop off by themselves.
Vince plants do not like cool temperatures or an abundance of moisture.
Most types of vinca plants grow to 1 to 1 1/2 feet tall. There are some dwarf and compact varieties.
Vinca plants are susceptible to fungal diseases if overwatered. These include root rot, botrytis, Alternaria leaf spot and aerial Phytophthora. They are occasionally infested with aphids. Rabbits and deer avoid eating vinca plants.
- Colorado State University: The Year of the Vinca
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