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19-Mar-03 07:21 AM EST
Susan19-Mar-03 09:06 AM EST 6a   
19-Mar-03 09:08 AM EST   
H31-Mar-03 07:22 AM EST 7b   
H06-Apr-03 08:51 AM EST 7b   
Susan06-Apr-03 10:05 AM EST 6a   
liz27-Apr-03 03:24 PM EST 5b   
H28-Apr-03 09:41 PM EST 7b   
Deborah29-Apr-03 10:57 AM EST 10   


Subject: vinca/periwinkle
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Date: 19-Mar-03 07:21 AM EST

I have a bed of periwinkle that I want to get rid of. Everything I have tried to date has failed. Any ideas?


Subject: RE: vinca/periwinkle
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 19-Mar-03 09:06 AM EST

It sure is darn hard to get rid of - that's why I always say only plant it somewhere where you never intend to start a flower garden! Pachysandra and lily of the valley are in the same category!

We moved into this house in the fall of 1999. I started ripping out periwinkle the next spring. I've been doing it ever since.... There's less of it around now - some areas are completely cleaned up but there's still a few that pop up from roots here and there. I just patrol the garden every day and rip up any that I see, trying to get as much of the roots as I can. I figure I'll have got rid of it (and the pachysandra and lily of the valley - except for a few areas where I let it stay) in another two years or so...:) Good luck with yours....


Subject: RE: vinca/periwinkle
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Date: 19-Mar-03 09:08 AM EST


Subject: RE: vinca/periwinkle
From: H
Zone: 7b
Date: 31-Mar-03 07:22 AM EST

Ijust put in two more starts of this plant and hope to get coverage. But....does it climb up other plants? In FL I planted something that I call the Monster Plant,green with yellow flowers that took over whatever it came across. It climbed up everyplant and took over! So removing it came down to constant ripping up by the roots and vigilence.


Subject: RE: vinca/periwinkle
From: H
Zone: 7b
Date: 06-Apr-03 08:51 AM EST

P. S. The monster plant I referred to came from a friend who said she and her mother took it from a median of I-75, meaning the state of FL planted it! A vine w/2" semiserated leaves med green w/yellow daisylike flowers. I have seen it SWALLOW yards in a blanket of green w/flowers.


Subject: RE: vinca/periwinkle
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 06-Apr-03 10:05 AM EST

Periwinkle usually stays on the ground; I've not seen it climb anything. I'm not familiar with Fla. vegetation so I'm not sure what that is. The rampant growth sounds a bit like what I've read of Kudzu vine but I believe it had pink pea-like flowers.


Subject: RE: vinca/periwinkle
From: liz
Zone: 5b
Date: 27-Apr-03 03:24 PM EST

Hi Susan, I think you are right about the Kudzu. It does have yellow flowers. We came home from Fla while it was blooming. It TAKES OVER EVERYTHING. It has been proclaimed a very invasive plant and I think the Gov. has banned planting it.


Subject: RE: vinca/periwinkle
From: H
Zone: 7b
Date: 28-Apr-03 09:41 PM EST

Hi, Liz & Susan. The Kudzu I've seen has purple blossoms, large leaves and covers pine and hardwood trees. some areas around here look like green waterfalls. The yellow Monster plant actually covered everything on the ground but climbed at least 6 ft. There is a similar plant called Green & Gold that looked like it.


Subject: RE: vinca/periwinkle
From: Deborah
Zone: 10
Date: 29-Apr-03 10:57 AM EST

Susan, RE: Periwinkle You will be pulling forever...try this...expose as much root as possible. Pour boining water on the root. When you recover the ground, place black garden plastic on the area to more or less start a solarization process. Do not add vinegar or other mixes to the water as it will ruin the soil for a long time.

As far as the Monster Plant: It is not kudzu. It is a West Indies native that has naturalized in Florida. The name is wedelia trilobata or creeping oxeye. It will root wherever it touches the ground and extremely difficult to get rid of. The State of Fl, where I live, used it as ground cover in a Contained area, in the median.It will take over yards, fences and anything in it's way, rooting at the leaf node. Remove any flowers to help inhibit more speading. The only way to get rid of this invasive monster is to pull each rooted area completely. It helps if you have a large family and/or a lot of willing friends. Good luck to all Deborah Master Gardner, Miami Beach, Fl


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