Violets Invading Ivy & Periwinkle Bed - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Che Clark
Chicago, IL (western suburbs) (Zone 5b)
Question by checlarkglobal
August 27, 2017
We have an issue with violets in our ivy and periwinkle beds, and I'm starting to worry....They aren't in the lawn (our lawn service must be controlling them with a general application). What can I do to eradicate them from the groundcover beds in particular? Thank you!
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
Answer from purpleinopp
August 27, 2017


Violets make significant roots that can be dug up. There's some irony here in regard to the violets being native and both ivy (Hedera helix) and Vinca minor being exotic invasives.

Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
A comment from stone
August 29, 2017
Violets are very desirable.... Euell gibbons useta say they were nature's vitamins.
English ivy and vinca major are huge problems.... Tending to escape cultivation, and destroy native habitats and cause song bird starvation....
The wildlife are able to eat the violets.... But those vinca major.... Nuthin but trouble.. at least the deer are able to eat the English ivy.... But.... When the deer aren't starving.... Those thugs simply destroy the woodland.
Best thing you can do.... Is find a way to kill the ground cover.... Keep the violets....

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