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Fabaceae / Pea
Kudzu (Pueraria montana)
Kudzu is also known as Pueraria Lobata.

Plant Type: This is a non-native vine, it is a perennial which can reach a height of 30 Meters (100 feet ) .
Leaves: The leaves are alternate. Each leaf is divided into three parts which are lobed and the underside pubescent.
Flowers: The flowers are irregular in shape . They are purple. Blooms first appear in mid summer and continue into early fall. The pea-like flowers are in a dense elongated cluster.
Fruit: A villous legume to 5cm long.
Habitat: Boarders, waste places, woods.
Range: Introduced into most of the eastern U. S.

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This is one of the best know of the invasive species in our area. It can be spectacular in it's growth habit as it covers even large trees and smothers them. It will cover not only trees but anything in it's path. Whole abandoned farms have been covered entirely including houses barns and silos. The vine can grow a foot a day or sixty feet in a season. It can have a huge tap root that supports many separate vines and is difficult to kill. Kudzu is considered a 'Noxious weed' by every agency that deals with invasive plants.

First introduced to this country in 1876 at a Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. It was promoted by for use to prevent soil erosion in the south from 1935 to 1950 and was widely planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

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The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.

By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.

Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.

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