2012 AAS Flower Award Winner:
Vinca 'Jams 'N Jellies Blackberry'
National Winner
2012 AAS Flower Award Winner:
Vinca 'Jams 'N Jellies Blackberry'
National Winner

Vinca 'Jams 'N Jellies Blackberry'
2012 AAS Flower Award Winner

Extremely unique, velvety deep purple with white eye flower color will add excitment to summer gardens.   This superb accent plant will work beautifully in Americana color schemes and in combination with blue, pink, white or lavender. In some settings, the flower petals appear almost black, making this color a designer's delight.  Easy to grow plants have excellent tolerance to drought and heat.  Mature plants will reach 10-14 inches tall making them a perfect medium height divider.  The 2-inch flowers are complimented by deep green shiny leaves creating a rich background for the richly dark flowers.  

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AAS Winner Primary Details
Award: AAS Flower Award Winner
Award Type: National Winner
Class: Vinca
Variety Name: 'Jams 'N Jellies Blackberry'
Genus: Catharanthus
Species: roseus
Year: 2012
Common Name: Vinca
Type: Flowers from Seed
Breeder: Kirin Agribio/PanAmerican Seed
Close Market Comparison: 'Victory Blue,' 'First Kiss Blueberry,' Viper Purple F1'
Plant Needs
Duration Type: Annual
Hardiness Zone/Hardy to Zone: Zone 9
Light Needs: Full sun
Water Needs: Dry to Normal
Dead Heading Recommended: NO
Staking Required: NO
Plant Characteristics
Foliage Color: Dark green
Plant Habit: Upright
Plant Height: Medium: 10" to 24"
Garden Spacing: 10-12"
Bloom Time: Summer to Frost
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Color Pattern: With eye
Bloom Size: 2"
Fragrance: None
Weather Tolerance: Drought, Heat
Home Gardener Use
Container: YES
Hanging Basket: NO
Low Edging: NO
Medium Height Divider: YES
Tall Background: NO
Ground Cover: NO
Herb: NO
Cut Flower: NO
Dried Flower / Everlasting: NO
Houseplant: NO
Water Garden: NO
Edible Ornamental: NO

How to Grow

Start seed indoors 11 weeks before last frost. Sow seed into a seeding flat with cells 0.5 x 0.5 inches square  x 1.5 inches deep filled with well moistened media that has drained and cover with more media and water lightly. Keep humidity at 100% by covering flat with a clear plastic dome and keep out of direct sunlight.  Seed germinates in 3-5 days when at 75-78F.  Remove dome and transfer seedlings to well lit area at 65-75F to grow on.  When young plants are rooted well and easily pull out of cells, about 5 weeks, fill small pots with media and transplant young plants into the pots.  After an additional 5 to 6 weeks the plants can go into a garden or patio container.  

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