Also called Pueraria lobata, "the plant that ate the South", "the vine that ate the South" and "the scourge of the South".  The common name "kudzu" may refer to this species, sister-species Pueraria edulis and Pueraria phaseoloides, and hybrids between them.

All these are part of genus Pueraria in legume / pea  family Fabaceae in order Fabales.

Native to 🇨🇳 China, 🇯🇵 Japan and 🇰🇵 🇰🇷 Korea.   Invasive > learn+quiz Invasive > 🌐︎ global Invasive > 🇨🇦 Canada, 🇺🇸 USA Invasive > report it! Invasive > 🇺🇸 USA Invasive > 🇺🇸 USA (variety lobata) Invasive > Michigan

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
  On No-Plant List by Seneca Nation of Indians.  Adobe Acrobat Reader file (page 64)

Most legumes (including this species) cooperate with a bacterium that fixes atmospheric nitrogen into a form usable by plants and animals, allowing these legumes to grow in poorer soils, or have seeds and foliage higher in protein content, than non-legumes.

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Fact sheet (Ontario)  Adobe Acrobat Reader file Fact sheet (Ontario) 🇫🇷 en français  Adobe Acrobat Reader file Control and Alternatives (Maryland)  Adobe Acrobat Reader file (pages 5 and 6)
Biological Control in Eastern USA  Adobe Acrobat Reader file (page 333)

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