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Kudzu 
Pueraria lobata

kudzu

 Life cycle: deciduous, perennial vine; invasive

Growth habit: can grow up to 100 feet and can engulf entire trees; broad trifoliate leaves may be lobed or entire

kudzu growing up tree


Reproduction: massive root system spreads vegetatively; flowers pea-like, lavender-purple, in clusters produce viable seeds

purple kudzu flowers
Kudzu flowers
Jil Swearingen, USDI National Park Service, Bugwood.org 

Conditions that favor growth: common along roadsides, abandoned fields, and non-crop areas; does not tolerate cultivation or repeated mowings
Cultural control: remove vegetation before it escapes and covers desirable plants, if possible; keep area cultivated or mowed to keep growth under control

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