Removing Invasive Periwinkle

Periwinkle is one of many invasive plants found in backyards. Left unmanaged, this invasive ground cover can smother a garden and make it difficult to grow anything else.

Removing it can be a challenge but is worth the effort. Replacing it with native plants will support the bees, butterflies and birds we love to see in our garden.

When: When the soil is soft, such as after a rainfall or when the area has been thoroughly watered the night before.

How: Use a shovel or your hands to pull up the plant and its roots. Dig out roots that break off below the surface of the soil. Any roots left behind can grow into a new plant.

Disposal: Do not compost! Put periwinkle and other invasive groundcovers in the garbage. Check with your municipality for more information.

Next Steps: Complete removal can be a multi-year process. Monitor the area regularly and immediately remove any new periwinkle shoots. Learn to identify invasive plants and discover more about them by visiting Use our native plant lists and native plant nursery guide to find plants best suited for your yard.

If you find invasive species in parks and along nature trails, contact the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711 or visit EDDMapS Ontario to report a sighting.

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