Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1171

Woody vine
Perennial

Non-native: east Asia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it on roadsides, in waste areas, per Weakley's Flora

map
To see a detailed map, click here


INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
NC Department of Transportation
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
US Fish & Wildlife Service
US Forest Service Southern Research Station
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

full sun

LEAVES:
Pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Reddish-purple
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed campanulate calyx (upper lobes united, so it appears 4-lobed)
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
Superior ovary
Flowers in dense, axillary, spikelike racemes

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Legume

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Pueraria montana var. lobata   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Pueraria montana var. lobata   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-48-001:
Pueraria lobata   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Pueraria thunbergiana

 

COMMON NAME:
Kudzu, Foot-a-Day


Click or hover over the thumbnails to see larger pictures.

image of Pueraria montana var. lobata

JK Marlow    jkm0401e_28

January    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

image of Pueraria montana var. lobata

JK Marlow    jkm0402f_27

February    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

image of Pueraria montana var. lobata

JK Marlow    s040515_m

May    Greenville County    SC

Leaves may be entire or deeply 2-3 lobed, densely pubescent beneath, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Poison Ivy and others confused with it

image of Pueraria montana var. lobata

JK Marlow    jkm0307k_35

July    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Leaflets usually slightly lobed (unless in shade), and with pointed tips, per Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests.

image of Pueraria montana var. lobata

JK Marlow    jkm080705_029

July    Swain County    NC

A curtain of Kudzu!

image of Pueraria montana var. lobata

JK Marlow    jkm150724_541

July    Pickens County    SC

Doodle Trail

image of Pueraria montana var. lobata

Ben Geer Keys    bgk1171_b

August        

Flowers on bracted short hairy pedicels, opening from base of raceme to top, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Pueraria montana var. lobata

JK Marlow    jkm0109c_23a

September    Greenville County    SC

image of Pueraria montana var. lobata

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_montana_lobata_12

September        

The flowers smell like artificial grape flavoring, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Pueraria montana var. lobata

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_pueraria_lobata

September        

image of Pueraria montana var. lobata

JK Marlow    s070915_a

September    Greenville County    SC

Leaves may be entire or deeply 2-3 lobed, densely pubescent beneath, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Pueraria montana var. lobata

Steve Marlow    snm140905_132

September    Greenville County    SC

image of Pueraria montana var. lobata

JK Marlow    jkm0310d_11

October    Pickens County    SC

Roadside

image of Pueraria montana var. lobata

JK Marlow    jkm071020_070

October    Pickens County    SC

Upper petal lavender-rose to wine-colored with an inner yellow spot, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Pueraria montana var. lobata

JK Marlow    s031226_b

December    Greenville County    SC

Fruit green, ripening to tan, with stiff golden-brown hairs, per Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests.