kudzu

COMMON NAME: Kudzu
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Pueraria
FAMILY: Fabaceae
LIFECYCLE: Perennial
FEATURES: Large climbing vine. Trifoliate leaves, leaflets hand-sized, one to two large lobes. Due to the large
size of leaflets, leaves may not initially appear trifoliate. Inflorescence of conical flowers pointing
upwards. Individual flower bilaterally symmetrical, purple with yellow throat. Flowers in late summer
with lower flowers opening first.
DESCRIPTION: Aggressive invasive plant species often overtopping trees and abandoned structures. Considered a late
stage invasive species than can only be managed on a local/situation level and chances of eradication
are improbable.

Broad View Infestation along the Tennessee River

Broad View
Infestation along the Tennessee River

Broad View Invasive nature of kudzu along a fence line

Broad View
Invasive nature of kudzu along a fence line

Leaf Trifoliate leaves

Leaf
Trifoliate leaves

Flower / Seed Head Inflorescence

Flower / Seed Head
Inflorescence