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How to Identify Kudzu
Kudzu is a plant that is native to Japan, but very prevalent in the southern United States due to its importation as a ground cover in the 19th century. Kudzu is a vine that is noted for its incredibly quick growth; at a growth rate of up to a foot (30 cm) per day, the plant has gained a reputation as a highly invasive species. Learning how to identify kudzu will enable you to recognize a kudzu invasion in your area. This is the first step to keeping kudzu under control.
Look for trifoliate leaves, or formations with 3 leaflets attached at each node.All 3 leaves will be attached to the stem on their own petiole, or stalk. The central leaf's petiole will be about 3/4 inch (19 mm) long, while the 2 outer leaves have much shorter petioles.
Look for egg shaped, medium green leaves.Generally, the central leaflet will have 3 lobes, or rounded projections. The outer 2 leaflets often have 2 lobes. However, kudzu's lobe structure can vary, with many leaves having no lobes at all. Leaves can grow quite large, often to about 5 or 6 inches (12 - 15 cm) long.
Touch the leaves to see if they are fuzzy.Kudzu leaves have very small hairs, making them fuzzy to the touch.
Look for long vines covered in small, brownish bristles that trail across the ground, climb any vertical surface, and form dense bunches of foliage.The key characteristic of kudzu vines is their tremendous growth rate; they can gain a foot (30 cm) of length per day in peak conditions. Kudzu can often be seen entirely covering tall trees, utility poles, or other structures. As they mature, vines may become thick and woody. Kudzu vines are capable of climbing nearly any type of support, and will also snake across the ground, rooting at each node.
Look for purple or reddish purple flowers arranged in clusters.Kudzu produces flowers in late summer, usually in August or September in the southern United States. The flowers form a cluster (called a raceme) that can grow up to 8 inches (20 cm) high and emerge from the central petiole of a leaf arrangement.
Measure the seed pods with a ruler.Kudzu produces small seed pods, usually about 2 inches (5 cm) in length. T
Look for hairs covering the seed pods.
Cut open a seed pod and check that the seeds are small and kidney shaped.
Look for seed pods that are greenish-bronze, fading to a dull brown when dried.
QuestionHow do I kill kudzu?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerKudzu is extremely invasive and difficult to kill off. Trimming the foliage and body of the plant down before applying herbicides can help. Make sure you have an herbicide designed for killing kudzu, as not all are the same.Thanks!
QuestionIs it poisonous if I eat it?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe leaves, vine tips, flowers and roots are edible; the vines are not. The leaves can be used like spinach and eaten raw, chopped up and baked in quiches, cooked like collards, or deep fried. Young kudzu shoots are tender and taste similar to snow peas.Thanks!
QuestionDo kudzu produce seeds that look like a smallish potato, laying about on the ground? About the size of an egg and bigger.wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerA kudzu seed is about 1/2 inch in a pod that is two inches, so it probably isn't what you are describing.Thanks!
QuestionWhere in New York State does kudzu grow?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt doesn't. It is too cold there for it to grow. Only if there is a really hot summer could it grow.Thanks!
QuestionWhy did Japan bring it to the US?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerJapanese individuals (not the country itself) brought the vine to the US to use as an ornamental plant. It really thrived in the southeastern US, and now it is everywhere. It is a very pretty plant and it has a nice smell, so I can see why someone would see it and think, "That would look great in my garden back in the States.Thanks!
QuestionCan kudzu be grown in Virginia, and if so, where?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt is illegal to plant it, so don't plant it anywhere. If it is too cold, though, it won't grow fast, so it is a perfect potted plant.Thanks!
Does kudzu look like a squash or watermelon plant with yellow flowers?
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Five lobes pointed with lacy white flowers; is it kudzu?
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- Kudzu is deciduous, meaning it loses its leaves in the winter.
- Many local governments have laws against intentionally planting kudzu due to its highly invasive nature. Some governments even request that you alert them to the presence of kudzu if discovered.
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