Mile-a-Minute Weed wreaks havoc in Greenwich

Officials say a rapidly growing weed is threatening to destroy ecosystems in Greenwich.

The plant, called Mile-a-Minute Weed, was found at the Audubon Gimbel Sanctuary. Officials say they hope it is contained to the area, but it could spread.

The plant can grow up to six inches a day. It creates blue berries and seeds that can be carried off by birds, animals and people, because they stick to everything.

Experts say the plant is native to Asia, but entered the U.S. with other seeds from Japan in the 1930s. They say it has spread to nine other states since then.

Experts advise residents to look out for it in their yards. They say it has triangular leaves and barbs that latch onto trees and stick to clothing and skin like Velcro. They tell residents to report the plant if they find it, and have it removed according to town rules.

For an interview about the Mile-a-Minute weed, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

Related Information:Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group donna.ellis@uconn.edu

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