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Rise and Decline of the Miracle Vine

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"Rise and Decline of the 'Miracle Vine': Kudzu in the Southern Landscape" - John J. Winberry and David M. Jones Thursday, November 18, 2010 2:09 PM Theme: Intentional landscape changes may move beyond our control What and where is kudzu? o Kudzu is a vine that grows on practically anything o Located primarily in the Southeast Sub-tropical plant, thrives in warmer, wetter weather Cold climate in the north, dry climate in the west What have been the four stages of kudzu presence? o Kudzu is seen as a problem, blight on the landscape o Not indigenous to the United States, came from China o Brought over primarily as a decorative plant, meant to be a positive contribution to life experiences Original intention was to use for decoration o Planted on people's porches or near the house, climbed up columns, siding, etc. o Grows so fast that it became a nuisance People decided that they didn't want it growing by their houses
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Unformatted text preview: o Legume - adds nitrogen to the soil o Replenishes the soil, provides food for animals • Stems too tough for animals to eat, only eat the leaves • Stem keeps the vine alive • Only partially edible, still didn’t want it near houses • Began to use it for soil conservation o Place it on hills, it grows so fast and covers the ground quickly o Used in road-cuts • Too good for road-cuts, grew so fast that it came out and covered the road • 4 stages o Brought over as decoration, people planted it by their houses o Grew too fast and became a nuisance, people didn't want it near their houses • Decided to use it as feed for animals o The stems were too tough to eat, most animals only ate the leaves • Failed as a useful food source, began to be used for soil conservation o Placed in road-cuts to prevent soil loss • Too fast and covered the lightly travelled roads...
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