Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Mile-A-Minute Vine, Newtown

Mile-A-Minute Vine, also called MAM or "Kudzu of the North", grows up to 6 inches a day, smothering everything in it's wake, including trees. It arrived in southwest Connecticut a few years ago and has spread to several other towns, including five known locations in Newtown, where the pictures below were taken by Ann Astarita:

One of the sites became study area with an introduced weevil to see how much of the plant the weevil might eat. A few holes in the leaves, but it doesn't look that significant.

Please keep your eye out for this plant and report any findings to the state or your local conservation office. has a great website about this terrible weed.

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