Collecting Kudzu | A Natural State

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An old saying goes, "If you’re going to plant kudzu, drop it and run." The vine grows up to a foot a day during summer months and chokes the southeastern landscape with a dense, green mat of foliage. In the early 1900s, kudzu was brought from Japan to prevent soil erosion and to feed farm animals.

Today kudzu covers over seven million acres of the southeastern United States and is considered a nuisance by most. Kudzu prevents native plant life from getting light, and is nearly impossible to eradicate once it takes root. In this video Nancy shows us how she saves a tree by turning the plant into art material.