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Kudzu

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Kudzu
Scientific Name:
Pueraria montana var. lobata (Willd.) Maesen & S. M. Almeida ex Sanjappa & Predeep (ITIS)
Common Name:
Kudzu
Photo:
Kudzu, old infestation draped on killed trees in July - Photo by James H. Miller; USDA, Forest Service
Native To:
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)

Distribution/Maps/Survey Status

Images

Videos

  • Google. YouTube; University of Tennessee. Institute of Agriculture.

Selected Resources

The section below contains selected highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source. To view all related content for this species, click on "View all resources for species" in the top left of this page.

Council or Task Force

Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. Washington Invasive Species Council.

Partnership

European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program (Canada).
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse.

USDA. FS. Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).

Federal Government

USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program. GRIN-Global.

International Government

Queensland Business and Industry Portal (Australia).
Australian Government. Department of the Environment and Energy.

State and Local Government

Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Entomology and Plant Pathology.

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
Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Forest Service.
See also: Invasive Plants and Insects Fact Sheets for additional species to help control invasive species in Maryland
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
See also: Invasive Plant Fact Sheets for plant species (trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and aquatic plants) that have impacted the state's natural lands
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Forest Service.
See also: Forest Health Publications for more Invasive Species Leaflets
Alabama Forestry Commission.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Oregon Department of Agriculture.

See also: Weed Resources for more risk assessments

Academic

Columbia University. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.
North Carolina State University. Cooperative Extension. Going Native: Urban Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants.
University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

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