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Mile-A-Minute Weed

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)


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

Mile-A-Minute weed

Mile-a-minute vine, foliage


Photo by Britt Slattery; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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  • Spatially Targeted Drone Carries Biocontrol Weevil to Hard-to-Reach Patches of Mile-a-Minute Weed

    • 2020
    • USDA. Forest Service.

    • 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.

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