Pueraria lobata
  • LEAVES: trifoliate, leaflets ovate to rhombic, entire to 3-lobed; petioles longer than leaflets
  • FLOWER: axillary racemes of purple flowers; flowers indeterminant
  • FRUIT: legumes, brown, 3-5 cm; not frequantly produced
  • STEM: new growth densely hairy, twining
  • BARK:
  • FORM: high-climbing vine; very fast growing
  • HABITAT: old fields, forest edges, rights-of-way
  • WETLAND DESIGNATION: Facultative Upland (FACU): Usually occurs in non-wetlands, but may occur in wetlands of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast Plain Region
  • RANGE: southeast US; native of Japan
  • USES: cattle browse; food-grade starch
  • Best Recognition Features:
    1. high-climbing vine with hairy stems
    2. trifoilate leaves
    3. axillary racemes of purple flowers

    COMMENTS: originally imported for erosion control (failed attempt - it shades out other plants, and when it drops its leaves in the fall, exposes bare soil to rain); now a very serious pest of young forests and utility rights-of-way