Tabor, Paul Soil Conservation Service, Athens, Georgia.
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- Growth and spread
- Tropical kudzu
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A perennial vine legume, of the genus Pueraria (order Fabales), capable of rapid growth in a warm temperate, humid subtropical climate. The name kudzu has a Japanese origin. Kudzu (Pueraria montana var. lobata; alternatively P. thunbergiana) was introduced into the United States in 1876 and used as a shade plant until 1906, when a few enthusiastic growers in the southeastern United States began to use it as a forage crop, which was a practice that continued for 30 years. It was then promoted as a soil-conserving plant. However, much prejudice developed against the use of kudzu because of its invasive spread (see illustration) into forest borders, drainage ditches, and other areas. See also: Fabales; Forage crops; Legume; Legume forages; Soil conservation
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