– 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:
Senior Extension Educator
University of Connecticut