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Kudzu Origin

Kudzu was introduced from Japan to the United States at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876 as an ornamental and a forage crop plant. The Civilian Conservation Corps and southern farmers planted kudzu to reduce soil erosion.

Photo of Kudzu leaf and flower.

Kudzu leaf and flower

Photo of Kudzu cloaking vegetation.

Kudzu cloaking vegetation

Photo credit: DJ Moorhead/Univ. of Georgia (left)
K Britton/USDA FS (right)
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Reference

Swearingen J, Reshetiloff K, Slattery B, Zwicker S. 2002. Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas. http://www.invasive.org/eastern/midatlantic. Accessed 2006 Aug 21.