PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Mile-A-Minute

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Polygonum perfoliatum or Persicaria perfoliata / Polygonaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S): Asiatic tearthumb, devilís tail

CONDITIONS: sun/shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

RAW/COOK

Spring

Leaves

young

lemony

RAW/COOK

Spring-Summer

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

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sweet

RAW/COOK

Aug-Oct

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

RAW/COOK

Fall

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT: Tender young leaves and shoots - raw or cooked. Used as a vegetable. Seed - raw or cooked. It is rather small and fiddly to utilize. The ripe fruits (seeds) are eaten fresh, especially by children. (1)

 

CAUTION: Contains oxalic acid, like spinach, which is minimized through cooking with lid off.

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: The whole plant is depurative, diuretic and febrifuge. It is also used to stimulate blood circulation. A decoction is used in the treatment of dysentery, enteritis, boils and abscesses, poisonous snake bites, haematuria, cloudy urine and traumatic injuries. The juice of the leaves is used in the treatment of backaches.

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES:  It can also be used as a fiber, or used in rope making. (2)

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Persicaria+perfoliata
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polygonum_perfoliatum
  3. http://marshmucking.blogspot.com/2013/07/lets-eat-tearthumb.html
  4. https://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/vine/polpef/all.html#OTHER%20USES