A new invasive plant, the Mile A Minute vine, has been identified in Medford. This Asian vine can grow up to 6 inches a day, and is commonly dispersed by birds and deer who feed on its seeds. The vine often grows along the sides of roads, grassy areas, wetlands and forested woods. It can form a dense mat and grow 30 feet up a tree.
Several Massachusetts agencies are working hard to eradicate this invasive plant. They urge you to report the vine if you saw it or think you saw it to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) hotline: 617-626-1779.