- Small, evergreen plant with showy white or purple flowers
- Vine-like with glossy, dark green leaves
- 5 petalled flowers that are roughly 10cm in diameter
- Forms dense mats on forest floor
Introduction and spread
- Planted as an ornamental groundcover, this plant is still seen for sale in nurseries. Please DO NOT sell, purchase or plant Periwinkle!
Consequences of invasion
- Periwinkle grows rapidly and forms dense, extensive mats along the forest floor, displacing native vegetation including tree seedlings.
Status in the CKISS region
- Periwinkle is classified as Insufficient Information on the CKISS Annual Priority List.
- Insufficient information is available regarding the distribution, impacts, potential for spread and/or feasibility of control within the CKISS region.
- CKISS conducts education regarding this species, and may recommend or conduct targeted inventories or risk assessments.
- To learn more about how CKISS classifies and manages invasive species, see our Invasive Species Priority Lists page.
Integrated pest management options
- Periwinkle can be pulled by hand, dug or raked up, being sure to remove underground portions.
- Where appropriate, mowing can be used to cut plants back but must be repeated regularly.
- Treatment must be repeated for several years.
- Become PlantWise and learn about Grow Me Instead. Select alternative, non-invasive groundcovers.