Heatwave Grape Vinca
Catharanthus roseus 'Heatwave Grape'
Heatwave Grape Vinca flowers
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Height: 12 inches
Spread: 10 inches
Hardiness Zone: 9b
Other Names: Periwinkle, Vinca Vine
Group/Class: Heatwave Series
Heat and drought tolerant, this series features large lilac-purple blooms with deeper purple eyes contrasting against glossy dark green foliage; compact mounded and low maintenance, ideal for patio containers, garden beds and borders
Heatwave Grape Vinca features showy lilac purple star-shaped flowers with purple eyes at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid fall. Its glossy oval leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Heatwave Grape Vinca is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Heatwave Grape Vinca is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
- Hanging Baskets
Planting & Growing
Heatwave Grape Vinca will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Heatwave Grape Vinca is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.