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KudzuScientific name: Pueraria montana var. lobata (Willd.) Maesen & S. M. Almeida ex Sanjappa & Predeep (ITIS)

Common name: Kudzu

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Native To: Asia (Everest et al. 1999)

Date of U.S. Introduction: Late 1800s (Everest et al. 1999)

Means of Introduction: Introduced as an ornamental and for erosion control (Everest et al. 1999)

Impact: Crowds out native species (Everest et al. 1999)

Current U.S. Distribution:



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Council or Task Force

Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council Invasive Plant Manual - Kudzu
Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council.

Priority Species: Kudzu
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. Washington Invasive Species Council.


Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (PIER) - Pueraria lobata
USDA. FS. Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry.

Invasive Plant Atlas of New England (IPANE) - Kudzu
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

New York Invasive Species Information - Kudzu
New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse.

Least Wanted: Alien Plant Invaders of Natural Areas Fact Sheet - Kudzu
Plant Conservation Alliance. Alien Plant Working Group.

Texas Invasives Database - Pueraria montana

The Quiet Invasion: A Guide to Invasive Species of the Galveston Bay Area - Kudzu, Japanese Arrowroot
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).

Invasive Species Compendium - Pueraria montana var. lobata
CAB International.

EPPO Global Database - Pueraria montana var. lobata
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.

Global Invasive Species Database - Pueraria montana var. lobata (vine, climber)
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Invaders Factsheet: Kudzu
Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program (Canada).

Federal Government

U.S. National Plant Germplasm System - Pueraria montana
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program. GRIN-Global.

Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) - Pueraria montana var. montana
USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.

PLANTS Database - Kudzu
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.

International Government

Weeds in Australia - Kudzu (Pueraria lobata)
Australian Government. Department of the Environment.

Invasive Plants: Restricted Invasive Plants - Kudzu
Queensland Business and Industry Portal (Australia).

State Government

Alabama Forestry Commission.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Forest Pests: Invasive Plants and Insects of Maryland - Kudzu (Aug 2012; PDF | 670 KB)
Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
See also: Invasive Plants and Insects Fact Sheets for additional species to help control invasive species in Maryland

Field Guide: Invasive - Kudzu
Missouri Department of Conservation.

See also: Problem Plant Control (scroll to Invasive Plants section) for more information to help you identify and control most common invasive plants in Missouri

Invasive Species Leaflet - Pueraria montana (Mar 2010; PDF | 206 KB)
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. North Carolina Forest Service.

Plant Pest Risk Assessment for Kudzu, Pueraria montana (2013; PDF | 1.66 MB)
Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Invasive Plants in Pennsylvania: Kudzu (PDF | 211 KB)
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
See also: Invasive Plants fact sheets (scroll to view) for plant species (trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and aquatic plants) that have impacted the state's natural lands

Class A Noxious Weed: Kudzu
Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board.

Kudzu (Pueraria lobata syn Pueraria montana var lobata)
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.


Plant Profile: Pueraria montana
University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

Kudzu in Indiana (Sep 2004; PDF | 248 KB)
Purdue University Extension. Weed Science.

Invasive, Exotic Plants of the Southeast - Kudzu
North Carolina State University. Cooperative Extension. Going Native: Urban Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants.

Introduced Species Summary Project - Kudzu
Columbia University. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.

Invasive Plant Atlas of the MidSouth - Kudzu
Mississippi State University. GeoResources Institute.


BioBullies - Kudzu
See also: Invasive Species Fact Sheets for the worst trouble-makers in the region, and also for additional trouble-makers for you to watch out for


Everest, J.W., J.H. Miller, D.M. Ball, and M. Patterson. 1999. Kudzu in Alabama: History, Uses, and Control (PDF | 1.46 MB) Alabama Cooperative Extension System. ANR-65.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Pueraria montana var. lobata. [Accessed Mar 19, 2015].

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