Kudzu was introduced to the United States in 1876 at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Countries were invited to build exhibits to celebrate the 100th birthday of the U.S. The Japanese government constructed a beautiful garden filled with plants from their country. The large leaves and sweet-smelling blooms of kudzu captured the imagination of American gardeners who used the plant for ornamental purposes.

Now that it covers over seven million acres of the deep South, there are a lot of people working hard to get rid of it!


3 thoughts on “Kudzu

  1. The first time I ever saw kudzu was when I moved to East Tennessee in 1966. It covered vast expanses in the foothills of the Smoky Mtns. draping over trees to make them look like dinosaurs or strange creatures. I have heard a suggestion made of cultivating the plant in order to turn it into a ethanol fuel product. Sounds like a good idea to me–better than using corn.

    Tossing It Out

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