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Polygonum perfoliatum L.
Asiatic tearthumb

General Information
Symbol: POPE10
Group: Dicot
Family: Polygonaceae
Duration: Annual
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Native Status: L48   I
Data Source and Documentation
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green round image for nativity Native blue round image for introduced Introduced ocre round image for introduced and nativity Both white round image for no status Absent/Unreported
image for native, but no county data Native, No County Data image for introduced, but no county data Introduced, No County Data both introduced and native, but no county data Both, No County Data
Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   




Symbol Scientific Name
AMPE4 Ampelygonum perfoliatum (L.) Roberty & Vautier
PEPE35 Persicaria perfoliata (L.) H. Gross


Click on a scientific name below to expand it in the PLANTS Classification Report.
Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Caryophyllidae
Order Polygonales
Family Polygonaceae – Buckwheat family
Genus Polygonum L. – knotweed
Species Polygonum perfoliatum L. – Asiatic tearthumb

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Noxious Weed Information
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete noxious weed list for that location, or click here for a composite list of all Federal and State Noxious Weeds.
Class A noxious weed
mile-a-minute vine
Invasive, banned
Mile-a-minute vine or weed, Asiatic tearthumb
North Carolina
Class A noxious weed
mile-a-minute weed
Prohibited noxious weed
Noxious weed
South Carolina
mile-a-minute weed
Plant pest
U.S. Weed Information
Polygonum perfoliatum
mile-a-minute weed
This plant can be weedy or invasive according to the authoritative sources noted below.This plant may be known by one or more common names in different places, and some are listed above. Click on an acronym to view each weed list, or click here for a composite list of Weeds of the U.S.
STATE Assorted authors. State noxious weed lists for 46 states. State agriculture or natural resource departments.
N'EAST Uva, R.H., J.C. Neal,and J.M. DiTomaso. 1997. Weeds of the Northeast. Cornell University Press. Ithaca, New York.

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status


PEPE35  Persicaria perfoliata (L.) H. Gross

North America
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain FAC
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont FAC
Northcentral & Northeast FAC
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast FAC



Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds


Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds

Description of Values

Value Class Food Cover