Periwinkle (Vinca minor)


Vinca minor


  • 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.

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