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Mile-A-Minute Vine

Mile a minute vine in a forested area. The vines cover everything that is not on the forest floor. The vines have dense arrow shaped leaves.

Other names: Mile-a-minute-vine/weed, Asiatic tearthumb, Persicaria perfoliata

Where did it come from?

This plant was introduced from Asia in the 1930s in contaminated ornamental plant soil.

Why is it invasive?

It grows quickly (as the name suggests!) and forms thick blankets that crowd out native species.

How do you prevent its spread?

Remove it from yards and gardens. Make sure to dispose of properly to prevent spreading seeds and root pieces.


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Image credit: Richard Gardner, Bugwood.org