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Philadelphia PA suburbs
Dec 22, 2017 1:02 PM CST
See photos of invasive groundcover (probably Vinca) and a very long (about 8 feet) and thick (up to 3"in diameter) root from which the groundcover seems to be growing.

Also any suggestions as to what to do with the large root would be appreciated. I have pulled out most of this plant which in growing under yew bushes.


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Name: Celia
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Dec 22, 2017 1:11 PM CST
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Philadelphia PA suburbs
Dec 25, 2017 12:04 PM CST
I reloaded the photos on 12/24.
Name: Christine
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Dec 26, 2017 7:22 AM CST
It doesn't look like any vinca I'm familiar with, I have never had vinca survive winters. I'm interested in what it is because I have seen it some where.
Name: greene
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Dec 26, 2017 8:12 AM CST
? Maybe some kind of Euonymus that got out of hand?
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Philadelphia PA suburbs
Dec 26, 2017 9:40 AM CST
Probably not vinca. More likely Euonymus fortune.

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Dec 29, 2017 8:16 AM CST
Hi & welcome! Whatever the plant is, if it is perennial, the roots need to be pulled out to get rid of it. Just removing the foliage is akin to pruning it.
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Name: stone
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Dec 29, 2017 8:30 AM CST
Agree with euonymous, and.... Pull when soil is moist.... Winter should be a good time for that.
When I cleaned out a large patch of this invasive, it was necessary to keep removing the stragglers.... It will keep coming up long after it should have been gone by any reasonable stretch of the imagination.

What to do with the root?
Pile it up.... When it dries out, maybe you can burn it....
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