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Does anyone know the Latin name for the variety of kudzu that is "the vine that ate the south"?  There seem to be 4-6 cultivars, and I am curious which type was introduced here decades ago that grew so abundantly.
 
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Pueraria ("Kudzu" aka "Japanese Arrowroot") that were introduced in the US back in the 30s are thought to have been a hybrid of two or more of the common species found overseas: P. montana, P. edulis, P. phaseoloides, P. tuberosa.

It's a great plant in many ways, all parts are edible as far as I know and I have seen honey bees forage its nectar. It's also a nitrogen-fixer and "Oh, did you know they are great at erosion control?"
 
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I am considering growing some, in a very controlled way considering that I am in the South... perhaps even in containers.  I want to learn about it as a food and experiment with it, cut and dried, as a mulch.  Can you recommend a variety?  I am most interested in the biomass potential, since I will need A LOT of mulch to get started on my next property.
 
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Here's an interesting National Geographic article on some of kudzu's other uses including basket weaving, paper and cardstock, it's roots being used as a drug to treat alcoholism, fabric dye, jams, jellies...(link).
 
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