Kudzu (scientific name: Pueraria montana var. lobata) is an aggressive invasive terrestrial weed from Asia that was introduced into the United States in the 1880s as an ornamental plant and for erosion control. Long a serious problem in the southeast, it is found in the South, Mid-Atlantic states, Midwest, southern New England, and in some parts of West. It covers all vegetation, including trees, in the areas that it invades, creating a dense green carpet that smothers terrestrial ecosystems.


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