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This deciduous perennial vine in the pea family has clusters of fragrant purple flowers and alternate compound leaves consisting of three broad leaflets that may be lobed or entire.
|Soil and Moisture Conditions
|Mostly found in eastern US.
|Repeated mowing just above ground level; root system/root crowns must be destroyed for long-term control.
|Reproduction and Spread
|Spreadds by runners and rhizomes and vines that root at the nodes. Grows about 1 foot per day.
|Introduced to US from Japan in 1876. In the 1930s and 1940s the Soil Conservatoin Service paid southern farmers to plan kudzu to reduce soil erosion on deforested lands.
|grapes, porcelain berry, and bittersweet.
|Shades out native plants; girdles and topples trees.