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Invasive Species: Kudzu
(Pueraria montana var. lobate)
*Detected in Michigan*
Report this species:
Use the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) online reporting tool
- Or - download the MISIN smartphone app and report from your phone - MISIN.MSU.edu/tools/apps/#home
- 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.
Photo courtesy of USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
Photo courtesy of Jil Swearingen, National Park Service, Bugwood.org.
Photo courtesy of 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.