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– The scientific name of the species is Persicaria perfoliata (always italicized). The genus (Persicaria) is always capitalized, and the species (perfoliata) is never capitalized.

– Older literature may refer to the species as Polygonum perfoliatum, but the name has been recently changed to reflect new classification by botanists.

– There are many common names for the species, including: mile-a-minute vine (preferred), mile-a-minute weed, and Devil’s tearthumb

If you require further information, or have additional questions, please contact:

Carole Cheah, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station at

Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group