Kudzu: The Plant That Ate The South

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Kudzu: The Plant That Ate The South

No photograph of kudzu full captures how overpowering it is. The plant was brought over to the US for expositions in the last 1800s and then used for erosion control in the early 1900s. It aggressively covers anything that doesn’t move and can grow over a foot a night. The thick cover is full of snakes and critters. My first winter in the South, I was convinced the mighty walls of green had all died and been replaced permanently with gray-brown vines. And then the spring springs and it is back in full force.

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