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Mile-A-Minute Weed

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Mile-A-Minute weed
Mile-a-minute vine, foliage - Photo by Britt Slattery; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Scientific Name: 
Persicaria perfoliata (L.) H. Gross (formerly known as Polygonum perfoliatum L.) (ITIS)
Common Name: 
Mile-a-minute weed or vine, Asiastic tearthumb
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)

Spotlights

USDA. FS. Northern Research Station.

Inadvertently introduced in the northeastern United States in the 1930s, mile-a-minute weed is a highly aggressive invasive plant that is replacing native species in many areas of the Nation. While a biocontrol agent has been identified, finding and reaching dense patches of mile-a-minute weeds has been a problem for land managers. The solution may be drones carrying environmentally friendly pods packed with tiny weevils.

Distribution / Maps / Survey Status

University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Provides state, county, point and GIS data. Maps can be downloaded and shared.
USDA. APHIS. Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey. National Agricultural Pest Information System.

Images

University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Videos

Google. YouTube; University of Maryland Extension. Home and Garden Information Center.

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source. Or, to display all related content view all resources for Mile-A-Minute Weed.

Partnership
Massachusetts Introduced Pests Outreach Project.
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse.

Federal Government

USDA. FS. Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team.

FHTET-2008-10. See also: FHAAST Publications for more resources.

USDA. FS. Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry.

USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.

Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Marine Invasions Research Lab.

USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.

USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program. GRIN-Global.

State and Local Government
New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food. Division of Plant Industry.
See also: New Hampshire's Prohibited Invasive Plant Fact Sheets for additional invasive trees, shrubs, vines, and herbaceous plants

Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Forest Service.

See also: Invasive Plants and Insects Fact Sheets for additional species to help control invasive species in Maryland

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

See also: Invasive Plant Fact Sheets for plant species (trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and aquatic plants) that have impacted the state's natural lands

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Academic

Pennsylvania State University. Pennsylvania Sea Grant.

See also: Aquatic Invasive Species: Resources for additional species information

Purdue University Extension.  

See also: Pest Management - Exotic Invaders for more fact sheets.

University of Connecticut. Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture.

Pennsylvania State University. Cooperative Extension.

Columbia University. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.

University of Maine. Cooperative Extension.

See also: Natural Resources Publications for entire "Maine Invasive Plants" series

Citations

  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Persicaria perfoliata. [Accessed Mar 19, 2015].
  • 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.