is native to Japan and China, however it grows well in the Southeastern
United States. Its considered a major pest by the natives. The kudzu vine
will grow as much as a foot a day under good growing conditions. Kudzu
over a period of several years will kill trees by blocking the
sunlight. When the vine get a foothold on an area it will cover everything.
It was brought to America as a ground cover to be planted along the
roadways, it has surpassed all expectations, growing over trees and
bushes, telephone poles, houses. The plant from hell, but it is
pretty. The first frost will turn these shapes into dead leaves and
soon after just gray vines. The next summer kudzu will continue
growing. Kudzu is edible, and many
have developed recipes for its use. As a dinning staple it has not
replaced grits, just yet however.
The Kudzu Kingdom -
Juanita Baldwin's kudzu site featuring kudzu jelly, postcards, photos, books and
other products and information.