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mile-a-minute weed
Magnoliopsida > Polygonales > Polygonaceae > Polygonum perfoliatum L.
Synonym(s): Asiatic tearthumb

Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources
Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas - National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Biological Control of Invasive Plants in the Eastern United States - USDA Forest Service

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Description:Flowers inside cup-like leaf bracts
Photographer:Jil M. Swearingen, USDI National Park Service
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Photographer:Britt Slattery, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Photographer:Randy Westbrooks, U.S. Geological Survey
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Description:Distribution Map
Source:USDA NRCS, The PLANTS Database, September, 2003

Invasive and Noxious Weed References

  • Invasive Exotic Plant Species of Management Concern, USDA Forest Service, Southern Region, May 18, 2001 -
  • Invasive Plant Atlas of New England -
  • Mehrhoff, L.J., K.J. Metzler, & E.E. Corrigan. 2003. Non-native and potentially invasive vascular plants in Connecticut. Center for Conservation and Biodiversity, University of Connecticut, Storrs. -
  • North Carolina Department of Agriculture, Plant Industry Division, Noxious Weed Regulations -
  • Ohio Department of Agriculture. 1997. Noxious Weeds. Ohio Department of Agriculture.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. 1997. Summary of Plant Protection Regulations. Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
  • Invasive Alien Plant Species of Virginia -
Taxonomic Reference
USDA, NRCS. 2002. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

USDA Forest ServiceUSDA APHIS PPQThe Bugwood Network University of Georgia Bargeron, C.T., D.J. Moorhead, G.K. Douce, R.C. Reardon & A.E. Miller
(Tech. Coordinators). 2003. Invasive Plants of the Eastern U.S.:
Identification and Control. USDA Forest Service - Forest Health
Technology Enterprise Team. Morgantown, WV USA. FHTET-2003-08.