I’ve written before about the very invasive Kudzu vines that grow here. The recent issue of the Master Gardner publication had this little tidbit about the vine. I thought it was a very interesting piece of history.
Kudzu was introduced to the US from Asia in 1876. It was first used as a shade vine for arbors and as cattle food. Widespread use began during the 1930s when the US government paid farmers $8 an acre to plant it on fallow fields and bare banks to control erosion. Kudzu vines can grow 1′ a day and 60′ during a season!
Kudzu flowers smell like grape kool-aid! The purple flowers smell like grape kool aid. I didn’t even know it had purple flowers.