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Pueraria lobata

Common Name(s):
Japanese arrowroot, kudzu

Vine in the pea family (Fabaceae) hailing from the Pacific islands, eastern and Southeast Asia.  These vines climb, coil, and trail.  They reproduce vegetatively through stolons and rhizomes and have been used to prevent soil eroision.  In areas where they have naturalized they are considered invasitve, or noxious weeds.  They kill plants by climbing over them and shading them out.  The plant is edible and is forage for livestock.   The long flexible stems are used in basket making.

A pea-like pink or purplish flower.
invasive, edible weed, weed

NCCES plant id: 2868

Pueraria lobata Pueraria lobata
CameliaTWU, CC BY-NC-ND - 4.0
Pueraria lobata Pueraria lobata
Melisssa McMasters, CC BY - 4.0
Pueraria lobata Flower
DM, CC BY-ND - 4.0
Pueraria lobata Pueraria lobata
Yamatsu, CC0
Pueraria lobata Flower
Kevin Schraer, CC BY-NC-2.0
Pueraria lobata Leaf
Martin LaBar, CC BY-NC-2.0
Pueraria lobata Covers over plants and buildings
Natalle Maynor, CC BY - 2.0