Meet the perennial vine with tuberous roots and rope-like stems. Pueraria Montana’s spectacular growing habit cannot leave this plant unnoticed.
Commonly known as Kudzu, Pueraria montana is a vigorous climbing plant known for its rapid growth. Native to East Asia, this greenie is highly adaptable to various conditions. It can reach a height of 98 ft (30 m) when supported by structures like trees, cliffs, or walls. If there is no base to lean on, Kudzu spreads as ground cover. Its 3-lobed foliage is deep green in color and has hairy undersides. When summer comes, the plant produces reddish-purple and yellow, pea-like fragrant flowers. Kudzu is considered invasive in the United States, whereas this plant is widely used for healing in traditional Oriental medicine. Kudzu is used to treat alcohol-related issues, heart disease, diabetes, neck or eye pain, colds, and fever. It’s also used in combination with other herbs due to the plant’s anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties.