Kudzu Vine (Pueraria montana var. lobata)

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Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 30 - 100 feet
Plant Spread: 10 - 20 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Other: 2 inch hairy, bean like pods.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Tuber
Uses: Erosion control
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Roots
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Other: Highly invasive species in the South

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Sep 1, 2013 6:51 AM

This species has become highly invasive in Tennessee and most states in the Southeast where it thrives. Originally brought to the Centennial Exposition in 1876, it was promoted as an ornamental vine as well as ground cover for erosion control. It was subsequently planted as erosion control during the Dust Bowl era and then by the railroads along tracks and easements. It has also been promoted as fodder and is readily eaten by goats. Recently, baskets made from the dried vines have found their way into popular culture along with other uses for kudzu such as paper-making.

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