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Kudzu

Pueraria lobata

Plant Description

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.

Plant Details

Life Forms
Habitats
ODA Listing
Soil and Moisture Conditions
Suggested Actions
Shade Preference
Mature Height 32-100'
Distribution Mostly found in eastern US.
Control 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 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.
Look Alikes grapes, porcelain berry, and bittersweet.
Impact Shades out native plants; girdles and topples trees.
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