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Plants behaving badly; Love that ‘ornamental’ plant? Not so fast, please

Mile-a-minute weed is a prickly, branching, annual vine that germinates in early spring, usually in April or May, in the mid-Atlantic region. Vines grow rapidly, climbing over other plants, and attain lengths of six meters or more. Flowers are inconspicuous, and iridescent blueberry-like achenes are produced, beginning in mid-summer and continuing until the plants are killed by frost in the fall.

[Special thanks to Jamie Myers and the NPS for service above and beyond the call of duty. Jamie has considerable experience combating invasive plant species growing along the Upper Delaware, specifically Japanese knotweed and purple loosestrife. Providing guidance and resources to private property owners and community groups alike, Jamie has served on the steering committee for the Delaware River Invasive Plant Partnership and, more recently, on the executive committee for the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership.]