The Kudzu Plant in America

Native to the Orient, where it's used commercially and aesthetically, the kudzu plant has had a decidedly up and down reputation in the U.S.



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A kudzu leaf and flowers.
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An expanse of bare road might be a barrier to other plants, but not kudzu.
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In the warm, moist, pest-free climate provided by the Deep South, the kudzu plant grows aggressively and abundantly.
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Utility companies have to prevent Kudzu vines from swarming over and pulling down utility poles.
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A kudzu-covered embankment.
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Road crews have a tough challenge preventing kudzu from obscuring road signs.
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