- THE VINE THAT
ATE THE SOUTH -
No really, that’s its nickname, “the vine that ate the South“; Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida most notably have been swallowed up by the invader so far. Kudzu is known as the most serious and aggressive invasive plant in the United States, spreading in the southern states at a rate of 150,000 acres a year, thirty centimeters a day, swallowing everything in its path, destroying power lines, buildings, and killing native vegetation in the process.
Swedish photographer Helene Schmitz has captured the beautiful but dangerous phenomenon. She calls it the Kudzu Project.
Now, check out these photographs of this invasive plant.
Clancy's comment: Wow. It really looks quite beautiful, but if up close and personal, you wouldn't want to stand still for long.