Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1124

Forb
Annual

Non-native: east Asia
Documented growing wild in - - -

Common, introduced and spreading rapidly

Look for it on roadsides, banks, powerline rights-of-way, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
SC Department of Agriculture Noxious Weed List, 2017
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
US Forest Service Southern Research Station
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Greenish-white
Bisexual
5-parted calyx
Petals absent
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Blue
Nutlet

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Caryophyllales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Persicaria perfoliata   FAMILY Polygonaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Polygonum perfoliatum   FAMILY Polygonaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Asiatic Tearthumb, Mile-a-minute-vine