Sunday, June 29, 2008

Scary Green Monster?

Nope, just trees covered with kudzu. Kudzu is a vine that covers anything in its path.
It's fast growing and hardy even in drought. You basically can't kill it without poison.
It was brought to the U.S. from Asia in order to address soil erosion. Here's a great link all about this crazy vine that can grow up to a foot a day during the summer! I've even seen it growing across rural dirt roads that didn't get much traffic.


Kris McCracken said...

I've seen some pictures of this plant before; it's crazy how it grows over houses and everything!

There is a good shot on the inside fold of one of the early R.E.M. albums (Murmur, I think). Your photo shows the amazing impact that can have in the South.

Halcyon said...

Of course we have it in Mississippi too. I think it grows up to a foot per day or something. My husband doesn't belive it. And I'm hoping we won't have instances in our yard to prove it either! :)

Knoxville Girl said...

Hi, D, thanks for visiting my blog today. To answer your question, I wasn't on a boat when I took the bridge picture, I was at Volunteer Landing park, which juts out a bit into the river.

We have p-l-e-n-t-y of kudzu in Knoxville, and I don't think poison works either - how about a blowtorch? :-)