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"Common periwinkle seeds are dispersed by ants in its native range. Common periwinkle was an infrequent food item of the volcano rabbit in Mexico and white-tailed deer in Indiana. Caged Canada geese would not feed on common periwinkle, even when it was the only forage available." 
"Periwinkles are popular ornamental groundcovers. Their establishment in North America is largely due to their escape from cultivation. Common periwinkle is easily propagated by cuttings. Periwinkles are valued medicinal herbs, and common periwinkle is considered an aphrodisiac." 
"Common periwinkle was planted for erosion control near Washington, DC." 
 Stone, Katharine R. 2009. Vinca major, V. minor. In: Fire Effects Information System,. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available: https://www.fs.fed.us /database/feis/plants/vine/vinspp/all.html.