Southeastern United States considers Kudzu an invasive species. The vine coils and climbs, trails and travels, creeps and quickly covers everything! So here in the South, we sometimes call it Foot-a-night vine (among other things). It is a useful plant that can be used for basketry, making tea and I’ve even seen Kudzu brownies and jellies & jams. However, we can’t use ALL of it! There’s just too much Kudzu! It is taking over the world! We Southerners talk about Kudzu with a smile on our faces. I think it is a fun plant and only a few years ago discovered its pretty flower. Kudzu has an interesting history in Japan, its homeland, and an interesting future as well as researchers around the world continue to find more uses for it, even in medicine and perhaps in fuels.
The Amazing Story of Kudzu in The Southeastern States
© Jean Gregory Evans
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