Periwinkle (Vinca minor)
This native of the Mediterranean basin was introduced to North America in the 1700s
as an ornamental. Although still commonly sold as a ground cover, this trailing vine
can escape cultivation and spread rapidly into natural areas. It is classified as
invasive throughout the eastern United States.
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Tags: Aggressive spreader to fields and roadsides, Covers large areas of woodland understory, crowding out native herbaceous vegetation, Trailing evergreen ground cover, Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi), Creeping Phlox (Phlox stolonifera), Foam Flower (Tiarella cordifolia), Evergreen Wood Fern (Dryopteris intermedia), Lady Fern (Athyrium asplenioides), New York Fern (Parathelypteris noveboracensis), Partridgeberry (Mitchella repens), Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)