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Vinca major L.
Blue Periwinkle

Sp.Pl. 1:209 (1753)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Alien to Western Australia
Name Status

Creeping or scrambling perennial, herb, to 0.5 m high. Fl. blue, Jan to Dec. Cultivated & naturalised in disturbed areas.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 15 August 2007


IBRA Regions
Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.
IBRA Subregions
Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.
IMCRA Regions
WA South Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Albany, Armadale, Augusta Margaret River, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Capel, Dardanup, Donnybrook-Balingup, Harvey, Kalamunda, Manjimup, Murray, Rockingham, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Waroona, Williams.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)

Alternative Names. Large Periwinkle, Greater Periwinkle.

General Biology. Growth form. Herb. Life form. Perennial. Reproduction. Stem fragments, stolons. Dispersal. Soil, machinery, water. Seedbank persistence. Seed rarely matures.

Additional information. Origin. Mediterranean.

Suggested method of management and control. Hand pull small infestations, being careful not to leave stem fragments behind. Spray larger areas with 2 % glyphosate + Pulse® 2 mL/L; spray when plants have approximately 5 cm new growth in 8-12 weeks - repeat applications will be required. Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Active Growth Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y  
Flowering O O O O O Y Y Y Y Y Y O  
Herbicide Treatment Y Y Y Y               Y  
Manual Removal Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y  

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.



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