It’s a pretty ground cover with glossy green leaves and a beautiful blue flower.
But if you don’t want the Blue Periwinkle in your garden, it can take a lot of time and effort to get rid of it.
The creeping plant is native to the Mediterranean, and is known as a weed in Tasmania.
However, it won’t be placed on the pests list, according to DPIPWE.
“Given its wide prevalence in suburban gardens and semi-urban environments, there is no intention to make Blue Periwinkle a declared weed.
“Targeted action by landowners and land managers to protect assets is an effective means of managing the weed,” a DPIPWE spokesperson said.
“Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, in its social media post, has shown how weeds can be managed and the success that can occur when a landowner/land manager takes action to control weeds.”
But help is on its way for frustrated landowners.
Cradle Coast Authority CEO, Daryl Connelly said it was great to see strong community awareness of weeds.
He said applications would soon open under stage 2 of the Tasmanian government’s Weeds Action Fund to help control the plant.
The $5 million fund offers farmers and landowners grants to eradicate or control the Blue Periwinkle and other troublesome plants.
For more information about the fund, contact CCA’s Hannah Sadler on 0427 554 793.