Kudzu

kudzu

(Pueraria montana var. lobate)
*Detected in Michigan*
WATCH LIST

Report this species to:

Greg Norwood, DNR Wildlife Division, norwoodg@michigan.gov or 517-342-4514. 

If possible, please take one or more photos of the invasive species you are reporting. Also make note of the location, date and time of the observation. This will aid in verification of your report. You may be asked to provide your name and contact information if follow-up is needed.

- Or - use the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) online reporting tool

- Or - download the MISIN smartphone app and report from your phone - http://www.misin.msu.edu/tools/apps/#home

Identification:

  • Vines extend 32-100 feet, up to 30 vines/plant
  • 6 foot long roots can weigh up to 400 lbs.
  • Alternate, compound leaves with 3 broad leaflets
  • Purple individual flowers grow in upright cluster in late summer

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USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

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Jil Swearingen, USDI National Park Service, Bugwood.org

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Randy Cyr, Greentree, Bugwood.org 

Habitat: This climbing perennial vine can grow well under a wide variety of conditions and in various soil types. Preferred habitats are sunny and open areas.

Native Range: Australasia, Pacific islands, Temperate and Tropic Asia

U.S. Distribution: Kudzu primarily occurs in the southeastern states, with reports in North Dakota, Oregon and Michigan.

Local Concern: Kudzu grows very rapidly once established, and tends to smother and shade out native plants.

MORE INFORMATION:

Kudzu Invasive Species Alert - Printable PDF