Thursday, June 18, 2009

Kudzu

 
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When the weather gets hot, the kudzu starts growing and by the middle of summer it is usually covering everything. This stuff grows everywhere! Kudzu vines were imported from Asia into the southeastern United States in the 1900s by railroad workers, who counted on the deep tuber-like roots to shore up embankments. Used in China as livestock forage, the vines grow as much as a foot a day and can crowd out native plants. A few years ago the city of Tallahassee brought in a herd of sheep to try and control it. Sheep can eat a lot of kudzu! I'm not sure how successful that program was, but it sure was fun seeing the sheep all over town eating the kudzu. I wish they would do it again.

11 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

I didn't know this plant was kudzu!
Beautiful and fresh green in this picture! Thanks for all information!
Have a nice day dear Lois !
Léia

Rambling Round said...

Check these vines out in August. They have purple wisteria-like blooms that you can gather and make kudzu jelly from the nectar. They smell like grapes!

Darla said...

they should get the goats from that goat farm. What's that Farm about anyway? Been waiting for you to post that.

That is the chicken said...

I've heard of kudzu but have never seen it! It looks like a menace! And not even any pretty flowers!

Beth Niquette said...

Wow--I KNEW it! I saw a plant in a local park I'd never seen before--I've lived here all my life.

I was sure it was kudzu. Now I KNOW it was kudzu! I let the park people know--I surely do hope they tore it out. I would feel so badly if it actually got a root here in Oregon. I think it would go "hog wild," and take over worse than the ivy.

Thanks for sharing!

asf said...

First time I've heard of the vine, I'll have to remember how it looks. I might see it here, I'm in SE Asia, hehehe...

Pam said...

Now that's the best laugh I've had all day, Lois. We have it here too but I wouldn't mind seeing the sheep grazing around town either. I think I will send the town an email about it.
Hope you enjoy you wonderful weekend:D

Jacob said...

I think this junk is growing all over our yard and up our trees!

Yikes!

Leeds photography in Yorkshire - Paul said...

New plant to me. Great idea with the sheep, very ecological. Sometimes see sheep over here in churchyards for the same reason, different plants though.

Clytie said...

For being such an aggressive plant it sure makes things look lush and green!

Lisa Wilson said...

I would love to see a sheep everywhere to keep it under control!! Or even goats! They'll eat anything.