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Mile-A-Minute Weed

Polygonum perfoliatum Linnaeus
Synonym: Asiatic tearthumb
Mile A Minute Weed Mile A Minute Weed
USDA APHIS PPQ Archives, USDA APHIS PPQ

 

Commodities Affected:
Forestry and Natural Areas, Fruits and Vegetables, Nursery, Ornamentals, and Turf

 

Threat:

Mile-a-minute weed grows rapidly, scrambling over shrubs and other vegetation, blocking the foliage of covered plants from available light, and reducing their ability to photosynthesize, which stresses and weakens them. If left unchecked, the lack of photosynthesis will kill a plant. Large infestations of mile-a-minute weed eventually reduce native plant species in natural areas. Small populations of extremely rare plants may be eliminated entirely. Because it can smother tree seedlings, mile-a-minute weed has a negative effect on Christmas tree farms, forestry operations on pine plantations, and reforestation of natural areas. It has potential to be a problem to nursery and horticulture crops that are not regularly tilled as a cultivation practice.

 

Distribution:

Mile-a-minute weed is not known to occur in Indiana.