AAS Winners

Vinca 'Stardust Orchid'
2000 AAS Bedding Plant Award Winner

The first Catharanthus roseus with orchid and white blooms. The pastel pattern is consistent on large 1½-inch blooms, which are borne above glossy, dark green foliage. 'Stardust Orchid' is relatively pest free, heat and drought tolerant. Freedom of bloom in spite of the weather is a hallmark of this AAS Winner. When grown in full sun, 'Stardust Orchid' will reach 14-16 inches tall and wide when mature. 'Stardust Orchid' is recommended for novice or experienced gardeners who want a long show of flower color with minimal garden care.

AAS Winner Primary Details
Award: AAS Bedding Plant Award Winner
Class: Vinca
Variety Name: 'Stardust Orchid'
Genus: Catharanthus
Species: roseus
Year: 2000
Common Name: Vinca
Type: Flowers from Seed
Breeder: PanAmerican Seed
Close Market Comparison: 'Orchid Cooler' and 'Pacifica Lilac'
Plant Needs
Duration Type: Annual
Light Needs: Full sun
Water Needs: Drought tolerant
Staking Required: NO
Plant Characteristics
Foliage Color: Dark green
Plant Habit: Mounded
Plant Height: Medium: 10" to 24"
Garden Spacing: 14 to 16 inches
Bloom Time: Summer
Bloom Color: White, Orchid
Bloom Color Pattern: With eye
Bloom Size: 1.5 inches
Fragrance: None
Weather Tolerance: Drought, Heat

How to Grow

 Sow seed indoors 8-10 weeks before planting outside after danger of frost. Sow seed on sterile soilless media. Cover seeds as darkness is needed for germination. Keep media at 75 degrees, expect germination in 7-14 days. Grow on at warm temperatures. Transplant into warm garden soil, preferable well drained.