Kudzo is native to Japan and China but grows well in Southeastern United States. It was introduced to the U.S. in 1876 at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, PA. The Japanese government constructed a lovely garden there to display Japanese plants. One of these plants, the Kudzo, excited many gardeners who wanted it in their gardens.
During the 1930's the Soil Conservation Service promoted kudzu for erosion control.
In Georgia it has been said that you must close your windows at night to keep kudzu out of the house for it grows so fast!
Today Kudzo covers over 7 million acres of the Deep South! It is a challenge to get rid of it. Many say it looks spooky. It can cover bushes and trees keeping the sun from their leaves ultimately leaving the bushes and trees dead.
Another plant that spreads rapidly is the dandelion. The Bridgestone Corp.
is researching the possibility of producing a high quality, tire grade rubber from the Russian dandelion. There are about 1,200 plants that it is believed could be used in the manufacturer of tire rubber. And we thought that the dandelion was just another lovely weed.