Leaves. Key characteristics: alternate, trifoliate and may have two or three lobes.
Petioles are as long or longer than the leaves themselves.
Young stems are covered with dense copper-colored hairs.
The underside of the leaves are covered with hair.
Flowers. Flowers occur in racemes, have a grape-like aroma and purple petals.
Kudzu is a very aggresive-growing vine and may grow up to one foot per day under ideal conditions.
Kudzu regenerates new shoot growth in the spring of the year from a vast underground root system.
Images courtesy of Dr. Gary Lesoing, University Outreach and Extension Regional Agronomy Specialist and Dr. Chris Starbuck, MU Extension State Horticulture Specialist.
Life cycle: perennial.