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Persicaria perfoliata

Plant Description

An herbaceous, annual trailing vine with recurved bars along the stems and underside of leaves; leaves are alternate and triangular. Berry-like deep blue fruits arise from small white flowers. (formerly Polygonum perfoliatum)

Plant Details

Life Forms
ODA Listing
Soil and Moisture Conditions
Suggested Actions
Shade Preference
Mature Height Vines can be 18+ feet long
Distribution Northeast US and Oregon.
Control Pull young vines by hand, wearing gloves for protection. Use caution when pulling older vines to avoid spreading seeds.
Reproduction and Spread Seeds are spread by birds and ants.
Introduced Introduced from Asia in the 1930s.
Look Alikes Not easily confused with other Persicaria species
Impact Invades Orchards, nurseries and crops, smothering seedlings and causing economic losses. Grows rapidly and covers other plants. Can restrict movement of humans and wildlife due to its barbs.
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