The Q&A Archives: Vinca & Phlox

Question: I recently began my gardening adventure. I went to home depot and puchased several phlox, and vinca. At the time of purchase, I had no idea that vinca was in fact similar to a ground cover, and would take over the flower bed. I also had no idea it was a perenial, not an annual. The packaging on the vinca stated it to be annual. My question is, will the phlox and vinca do well together in the same bed, or will one choke out the other? And is the information on the Q & A of this website reliable enough....this is where I learned about the vinca being perenial, and a ground cover type of plant. Thank you.

Answer: There are two different plants commonly called vinca and I think this is the cause of the confusion. One is Vinca minor, sometimes also called periwinkle. This one is an evergreen groundcover plant with blue flowers in the spring.

The other plant sometimes called vinca is grown as an annual flower. The botanical name for that plant is Catharanthus. Its flowers are pink or white. Here is a photo and description of it. You may need to cut and paste the complete url into your browser to make it work correctly.

It's really important to check botanical names when it comes to plants, because there are many instances where several plants can be called by the same common name. I hope this helps.

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