Common name: Periwinkle
Botanical name: Vinca major
Management category: Advisory

Named after its flower colour it is originally from the Mediterranean. It was introduced to New Zealand as an ornamental species and was recorded as naturalised in 1870.

Why is it a pest?

  • Creeping, layering habit allows it to form dense, long-lived stands.
  • Smothers ground in open or shady conditions, prevents seedlings of native species from establishing and open habitat for other weed species to establish.

Where is it found?

Margins of disturbed bush and shrubland, streamsides, coastlines, fernland and rocky and bare land.

What does it look like?

  • Prostrate, scrambling perennial with short rhizomes and green, hairless, trailing stems that take root where they come into contact with soil.
  • Glossy dark green or occasionally variegated (green and white) leaves.
  • Solitary, blue-violet, five-petalled flowers appear from January to December.

What are the rules?


The Bay of Plenty Regional Council does not enforce the control of advisory species. It is landowner/occupier responsibility to manage these pests. Council may provide advice on how to manage or control these species if required.

How do you get rid of it?

  • Dig-out (all year) – small sites, incinerate or dispose of material at transfer station.
  • Spray (spring to autumn).

May need spraying for 2-3 years for total control


CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide, PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and directions for the purchase, use and storage of the product, are followed and adhered to.

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