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March 26, 2002

History of Kudzu

In Georgia, the legend says
That you must close your windows
At night to keep it out of the house.
The glass is tinged with green, even so...

From the poem, "Kudzu,"
by James Dickey

Here in the south the kudzu is starting to grow, in a month or so it will begin to cover trees, barns, and powerlines. I had always heard kudzu was brought to the United States by Auburn University, but this article weaves a fascinating history of this creeping monster of a weed.


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