The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issued a warning to gardeners of a specific kind of potato harmful to plants.

Air potato vines block light, air and nutrients from other plants.

The vine can grow up to 8 inches per day and to more than 70 feet in length, according to the FWC.

Gardeners can identify it by its heart-shaped leaves and potato-like bulbs.

The FWC considers air potato vines a toxic. The commission recommends air potato leaf beetles to combat the toxic vines. The beetles eat the non-native plant, according to the FWC.

Go to the FWC’s website for more info on air potato leaf beetles or to request them for your property.

Come to north Florida Air Potato Challenge events May 18 and June 6 to get air potato leaf beetles:

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