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Kudzu, Vine-that-ate-the-South - Pueraria montana


Family: Fabaceae - Pea family Genus Common Name: Kudzu Native Status: Introduced
Pueraria montana - Kudzu, Vine-that-ate-the-South. Originally imported from Japan in 1876 in a effort to fight erosion, this plant is one of our earlier ecological nightmares, especially in the southeastern United States. Up until the early 1950s farmers were encouraged to plant Kudzu as a ground cover in area subject to erosion. Due to its extremely invasive nature, It is now recognized and officially listed as a noxious weed in many states.

Found in:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WV

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Pueraria montana

Distribution of Pueraria montana in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2009. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 23 Mar 2017). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

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Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2010-September-16Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Nikon D60
The fragrant blossoms of Kudzu grown in elongated clusters.
Pueraria montana

Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2010-September-16Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
The form of the blossom clearly shows its membership in the Pea Family.
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Pueraria montana

Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2010-September-16Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Three large leaflets are lobed in Pueraria montana var lobata, the variety that was introduced to and has spread in the United States.
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Pueraria montana

Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2010-September-16Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
This photo shows the choking growth of Kudzu, and how it got the name “the vine that ate the South.”
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Pueraria montana

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