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Kudzu in Tennessee

I Can’t Quit You Kudzu

I know I’m not supposed to love it. Pueraria montana, or as other people might know it, the Vine That Ate The South — kudzu was all the rage at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition where people flocked to Japan’s booth to learn about their native ornamental plants.

For 20 years starting in 1930, the US government’s Soil Conservation Service was kudzu’s biggest cheerleader, claiming it was ideal for soil erosion control. So it was planted all over the south.

Later, and too late, people learned that kudzu can grow a foot a day and chokes out everything it covers. Kind of like The Blob.

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