(also kudzu vine)
A quick-growing eastern Asian climbing plant with reddish-purple flowers, used as a fodder crop and for erosion control. It has become a pest in the southeastern US.
- Pueraria lobata, family Leguminosae.
- The scrub that borders the tracks is overgrown with kudzu, an imported plant that strangles the natives.
- This is a lesson that Southern farmers would have done well to remember when they were planting kudzu in the thirties.
- Of course, a plant could have too many survival skills - look at kudzu here in the South, for example.
Late 19th century: from Japanese kuzu.
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