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The U.S. is plagued by hundreds of destructive upland invasive species, however, one of THE most aggressive is kudzu. This vine was introduced from Asia in the 1800's as an ornamental plant, and later as cattle food and soil erosion prevention. Today, when we think of kudzu, commonly known as "the vine that ate the south," we picture it's green leaves and vines carpeting miles and miles of trees and shrubs along highways in the southern U.S. When the leaves are dormant in the winter, you will see what appears to be graveyards of smothered vegetation as seen here. Devastation caused by kudzu is unimaginable, and many species are lost due to its unstoppable growth (about a foot a day during growing season) and its ability to completely entomb trees, shrubs and herbaceous ground cover. By blocking sunlight, (halting photosynthesis), weighing down weakened trees and shrubs, and replacing native herbaceous species, habitats are being altered and wildlife (mammals, birds and pollinators) is at risk where kudzu is present.