Trailing Vinca - Knowledgebase Question

Raleigh, NC
Question by mmt2000
April 19, 1998
Am thinking of planting new Vinca Santa Fe in hanging basket, does this bode well? Is this variety trailing or climbing? Is ground cover more appropriate?


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Answer from NGA
April 19, 1998

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Annual vinca (Catharanthus roseus) is a tropical perennial, and so is grown as an annual in cold regions. The plant likes hot, humid weather and flowers best during these times. The plant has a mounding habit, not a trailing one. (There is a plant called "vinca vine" that is commonly used in planters. It does form vines, and does not flower.)

If you are looking for a plant that will trail down from your hanging basket, you might try ivy geraniums, nasturtium, or petunias, especially the 'Wave' series. Hope this helps!

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