Invasive weed "Mile-A-Minute Vine" found in Iowa

"Mile A Minute Vine" Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut,

Iowa agriculture officials say an invasive weed from Asia's been found in Iowa.

Called the "Mile-A-Minute Vine", the weed had been found in the Atlantic states only until now. 

Iowa State University weed scientist Bob Hartzler and, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship identified the plant which has the official name "Persicaria perfoliata". It happened after a Marion County landowner asked for help in identifying a vine growing around his garden 

Hartzler said. “This infestation was less than a quarter acre in size, but it was crowding out existing vegetation. 

Officlals don't know how widespread the weed is around the state.  But they say the one in question has been in its location for at least five years.I

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