Habitat: Nurseries, roadsides, wet meadows, wood borders, other sunny, moist areas. Not yet common in Ohio, but has spread rapidly through the northeastern states.
Life cycle: annual
Growth Habit: persistent vine that can extend 20 feet
Leaves: Unique, triangle-shaped leaves with saucer-shaped sheathes near the base of stems. 1-3 inch leaves are light green, turning reddish-brown in winter, and have sharp, curved prickles on the petioles and leaf veins.
Stem: numerous sharp, backward-curving prickles
Fruit: pea-size, berrylike, fleshy, iridescent blue fruits
The problem is.... this troublesome annual can grow six inches per day, suffocating other vegetation in its path. Seeds spread easily through waterways or by birds and animals. The weed was introduced accidentally with nursery stock from Asia. Mile-a-minute weed is a recent intruder in Ohio (sited in Washington County).
The unusual triangular leaves of mile-a-minute weed, combined with
Birds and animals that eat these blue berries have spread mile-a-minute