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Title: Mile-A-Minute (Pest Alert)

Author: Binion, Denise; Jackson, William;

Date: 2009

Source: NA-PR-01-09. Newtown Square, PA:U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Area State & Private Forestry

Publication Series: Program Aid

Description: Mile-a-minute weed (Persicaria perfoliata (L.) H. Gross, formerly Polygonum perfoliatum, L.) is an annual vine in the Polygonaceae or Buckwheat family. It is native to eastern Asia including India, Bhutan, Nepal, China, Burma, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Siberia, the Philippines, New Guinea, the Malay peninsula and the Indochina peninsula. The plant was introduced into the United States in the 1930s from Japan at a plant nursery in York County, Pennsylvania, and an introduction garden in Prince Georges County, Maryland. Although mile-a-minute weed was eradicated from the introduction garden, it became established and eventually spread from the Pennsylvania site. Since mile-a-minute weed was introduced, its range has expanded in several directions for approximately 300 miles.

Keywords: invasive species, nonnative, forest weed, invasive asian weed, pest.

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Stanosz, Glen R.; Jackson, William 1992. Mile-A-Minute (Pest Alert). NA-PR-04-91. Newtown Square, PA:U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Area State & Private Forestry


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