Kudzu vine

Pueraria montana
Kudzu vine: Pueraria montana Kudzu vine: Pueraria montana

Common name:

Kudzu vine

Scientific name:

Pueraria montana (Fabaceae)

Alternative common names:

Kudzu ranker (Afrikaans)

Vigorous, deciduous climber up to 18m high with a large tuber. Very long, hairy vines. Light green, finely hairy 3-palmate leaves. Reddish-purple, fragrant flowers in spikes up to 30cm long from March to April. Flattened pods covered with long, rusty-brown hairs

Additional Info

  • Where does this species come from?

    Japan and southern China

    What is its invasive status in South Africa?

    Existing legislation: CARA 2002 – Category 1 NEMBA – Category 1a

    Where in South Africa is it a problem?

    Mpumalanga Province

    How does it spread?

    Spread by seeds, vegetative expansion using its stolons (runners) that root at the nodes and also by rhizomes

    Why is it a problem?

    It competes and replaces indigenous plants

    What does it look like?

    General description: Vigorous, deciduous climber up to 18m high with a large tuber. Very long, hairy vines. Leaves: Light green, finely hairy 3-palmate leaves. Flowers: Reddish-purple, fragrant flowers in spikes up to 30cm long from March to April. Fruit/Seeds: Flattened pods covered with long, rusty-brown hairs