Pueraria lobata (Kudzu)

Elaine Chittenden chitt at GNDS.MSU.EDU
Tue Apr 1 08:39:06 CST 1997

Dear Taxacomers:

In November of 1994 I documented Pueraria lobata as part of Michigan's
flora.  No one figured it would be hardy in South Haven, Michigan, but it
is!  In the earth vegetable section of Beal Garden we used to dig it up
every winter and hold it over in the greenhouse until we secured a live
piece of this very hardy Michigan specimen.  It appeared to have been there
for some time, evidenced by 3mm or more diameter stems twisted around each
other and up into Tilia on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan.

I'm planning on finally writing it up for Michigan Botanist as a noteworthy
collection and perhaps other publications and would like to know if other
persons in Northern States have documented Kudzu growing in their area (the
1991 Gleason and Cronquist lists it reaching "sometimes even to
Massachusetts., New York and Ohio").

It would be most appreciated if you would consider checking your records in
order to get a better account of Kudzu growing in northern states and
possibly Canada.

Thank you,  Elaine
Elaine Chittenden        Email:chitt at gnds.msu.edu
Collections Manager, W. J. Beal Botanical Garden
Grounds Maintenance, Michigan State University

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