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Mile-a-minute Vine (Scientific name: Persicaria perfoliata, formerly Polygonum perfoliatum) is a highly invasive annual weed spreading across Connecticut.
It outcompetes and outgrows native species, causing ecological and economic harm. The vine scrambles over other vegetation and can climb trees and posts.
Mile-a-minute is deserving of its common name and its reputation as “the Kudzu of the North”—a single vine can grow up to 6 inches per day.
Mile-a-minute can cause major ecological problems:
This species has been listed by the CT Legislature (Sec. 22a-381d of the CT General Statues makes it illegal to transport, cultivate, sell or distribute the species), but populations are still spreading through natural areas and perhaps even in your own backyard or garden!
THREE IDENTIFYING TRAITS: