Kudzu · Pueraria montana var. lobata (Willd.)
Maesen & S.M. Almeida · is a long-lived, coarse, viney legume that
covers the ground with long runners. The leaflets are found in groups
of three (5-20 cm. in length). The leaflets are 2-3 lobed and abruptly
taper to a pointed tip. The stems have rough bark-like covering. Large
flowers, 15-20 cm., lavender to purple, set on seeds sparingly, because
of sparse blooming. The seed pods, 4.5 to 5 cm. in length, are papery
and covered with fine hair. The long runners root at the nodes to form
new plants. Crowns taken from old stands are used for planting.
Prevention of Spread
The occurrence of new infestations of Kudzu can be reduced by
preventing the movement of root crowns or seed from infested areas.
Kudzu should be eradicated as quickly as possible by approved
chemical. Control of Kudzu shall mean preventing the production of
viable seed and destroying the plant's ability to reproduce by
The following herbicides may be used for cost-share with
landowners. Other products labeled and registered for use on this
noxious weed in Kansas may be used in accordance with label directions
but are not available for cost-share.
- Dicamba (Banvel). Apply in the summer and fall when the plants are fully developed. Follow label directions and precautions.
- Glyphosate (Roundup). Apply when plants are actively growing
and most are at or beyond the early to full bloom stage. Follow label
directions and precautions.
- Picloram (Tordon). Do not apply to cropland. A restricted use herbicide. Follow label directions and precautions.