24 January, 2010

Mississippi Kudzu


Kudzu was brought to the United States, from Japan, in the twentieth century, as a public solution to erosion. It soon grew into a nuisance that swallows entire fields, and anything that happens to lie in its path. This is the view looking down from a hillside in Meridian Mississippi, the kudzu is enveloping everything… while it is rather pretty to look at, we must remember the danger this vine poses to our natural ecology.


Scenic Sunday

13 comments:

String said...

Like bamboo grass, morning glory, covers everything. It is lovely.

eileeninmd said...

It is a shame they couldn't use something native to the area. I do love the shades of green, very pretty.

Jo said...

It's amazing how so many plants are brought in to combat one problem and causes another. It is very pretty and lush, though.

uncertainhorizon said...

@String and Jo, it beyond beautiful at times, especially when it covers abandoned homes, and trees... it creates these shapes that are astonishing.

@eileeninmd I'm not sure Mississippi has anything native that would have worked the way that they were hoping Kudzu would. It is very successful in what it was brought here to do, too successful. However it is edible, and some Mississippians have found a way to make Jam out of the nectar. If it became more popular we might have a way to use it, and control it better.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We saw a sign in one Visitor Center in Mississippi that said something to the effect of "Kudzu will eat anything in its path, even you if you stand too still." Seriously, you can almost see the stuff grow.

uncertainhorizon said...

You are so right Sallie... you can measure it's growth hourly.

afv said...

Wow, I think I've heard of this already, am not just really pretty sure if we do have them here.

uncertainhorizon said...

you may have them there... I'm not sure.

asm said...

so love the green, i don't mind the danger.lol!

Olive Tree Guitar Ensemble said...

Hi, it's a very great blog.
I could tell how much efforts you've taken on it.
Keep doing!

uncertainhorizon said...

asm, I would think you would escape... lol.

@Oliver Thank you very much!

Ann said...

May be the Kudzu can be eaten, being organic.

They are are a lot non native plants that are choking the native plants, the morning glory is one.

Thanks for visiting.

uncertainhorizon said...

It can be, but some are afraid to try it.

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