Big Leaf Periwinkle was introduced to the United States in the 1700s. Just like its small leaf cousin, Vinca minor, Big Leaf Periwinkle forms mats that smother all vegetation, preventing tree and shrub regeneration. It readily escapes from garden plantings to neighboring native areas. In riparian areas, waterborne leaf and stem fragments can spread the plant.
Widely available in nurseries and online.
For information on how to eradicate this invasive, view our statement on herbicide use and preferred alternatives for invasive plants.
You can replace this invasive plant with native alternatives. Here are some plants that make superior replacements.
Match your location on the Texas map to the color squares on the replacement plants below to find suitable replacements for your ecoregion.