(Pueraria montana var. lobate)
*Detected in Michigan*
- 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
USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
Jil Swearingen, USDI National Park Service, Bugwood.org
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.