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Pueraria lobata


This is the "vine that ate the South." Capable of growing 12 inches a day, it's native to Southeast Asia. Introduced in the U.S. in 1876 to control soil erosion. Seriously invasive, esp. in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, where you can see miles of forests overwhelmed as you drive down the highway.


Another kudzu spotting from my collection:
In spring:

More detailed notes later ... it's so much a part of life here, you don't really think about it.

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suzmonk 6 years ago

It's worse in some places than others in Mississippi.Tends to be more of it in the southern part of the state, but it can vary in different parts of a county. Kudzu would, actually, be a useful plant if there weren't so much of it ... it can grow a foot a day.

Kris F
Kris F 6 years ago

The plant that ate the south... That stuff is all over Georgia and a lot is SC too

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Meridian, Mississippi, USA

Spotted on Sep 7, 2013
Submitted on Sep 7, 2013

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