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Mile-A-Minute Weed

Mile-A-Minute WeedScientific name: Persicaria perfoliata (L.) H. Gross (formerly known as Polygonum perfoliatum L. )

Common name: Mile-a-minute weed, Chinese tearthumb

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Native To: Asia (Stone 2010)

Date of U.S. Introduction: 1930s (Stone 2010)

Means of Introduction: Introduced accidentally as a contaminant of nursery stock (Stone 2010)

Impact: Forms dense mats that crowd out native species (Stone 2010)

Current U.S. Distribution:

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Federal Government

Persicaria perfoliata
Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
Taxonomy

Mile-a-minute - Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas (2002)
DOI. National Park Service.
Published by: DOI. National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Distribution; Introduction History; Impacts; Controls

Polygonum perfoliatum Article Citation Search - AGRICOLA Database
USDA. National Agricultural Library.
Research; Special Note: NAL Catalog Search (resources)

Persicaria perfoliata - Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN)
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program.
Taxonomy; Legal Aspects

Mile-a-Minute Weed - Biological Control of Invasive Plants in the Eastern United States (Aug 2002)
BugwoodWiki.
Published by: USDA. Forest Service. Publication FHTET-2002-04.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Distribution; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Controls

Mile-a-minute Weed in the Northeast - Exotic Pests of Eastern Forests Conference Proceedings (Apr 1997)
Invasive.org.
Published by: USDA. Forest Service; Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council.
Identification/Description; Life Cycle; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls

Mile-a-Minute - Pest Alert (PDF | 363 KB)
USDA. FS. Northeastern Area.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Distribution

Mile-A Minute Weed - Weed of the Week (Mar 7, 2005; PDF | 162 KB)
USDA. FS. Northeastern Area. Forest Health Protection.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

Polygonum perfoliatum - Fire Effects Information System (FEIS)
USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls; Legal Aspects; Special Note: References

PLANTS Database - Asiatic Tearthumb
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.
Taxonomy; Distribution; Legal Aspects

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State Government

Mile-a-Minute Weed - Pest Alert
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Plant Industry Division. Plant Protection Section.
Identification/Description; Photographs

Mile-a-minute - Invasive Alien Plant Species of Virginia (PDF | 71 KB)
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Natural Heritage Program; Virginia Native Plant Society.
Identification/Description; Illustrations; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls

Mile-a-Minute Vine (Polygonum perfoliatum)
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Identification/Distribution; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Control; Special Note: Scientific review and assessment (PDF | 68 KB)

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University/Academic

Connecticut Mile-A-Minute Vine Website
University of Connecticut. Department of Plant Science. College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Identification/Distribution; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Control

Polygonum perfoliatum (Mile-a-Minute Vine, Mile-a Minute Knotweed) - Invasive Plant Atlas of New England (IPANE)
University of Connecticut. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls

Biological Control of Mile-a-Minute Weed
University of Delaware. College of Agriculture & Natural Resources.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Controls

Mile-A-Minute - Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Distribution

Mile-a-Minute Weed - Maine Invasive Plants Bulletin no. 2533
University of Maine. Cooperative Extension.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

Mile-a-Minute Weed, Devil's-Tail Tearthumb - Introduced Species Summary Project
Columbia University. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution; Controls

Mile-a-Minute Weed - Identifying Noxious Weeds of Ohio, Bulletin 866-98
Ohio State University. Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Illustrations; Habitat

Mile-A-Minute - Fact Sheet: Invasive Weeds
Pennsylvania State University. Cooperative Extension.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Dispersion; Controls

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International

Persicaria perfoliata - Invasive Species Compendium
Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI).
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

Polygonum perfoliatum (herb) - ISSG Global Invasive Species Database
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

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Organizations

Mile-A-Minute - Invasive Plant Information Sheet (PDF | 127 KB)
Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group.
Identification/Description; Illustrations; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Controls

Polygonum perfoliatum
Discover Life.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Illustrations; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls

Mile-A-Minute Weed - Invader of the Month
Maryland Invasive Species Council.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Controls

Mile-A-Minute Weed
Massachusetts Introduced Pests Outreach Project.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Habitat

Mile-a-minute - BioBullies (Western Pennsylvania)
Natural Biodiversity.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Controls

Mile-A-Minute Weed
Plant Conservation Alliance. Alien Plant Working Group.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls; Special Notes: Contacts and References

Citations

Stone, K.R. 2010. Polygonum perfoliatum. In: Fire Effects Information System. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory.

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Last Modified: Jul 01, 2014
 
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