How to grow Kudzu

Kudzu growing vine herbaceous of the genus Pueraria also known as Pueraria montana, Kudzu perennial evergreen plant or as annual also used as ornamental plant and also for medical uses and fixing nitrogen, can grow in temperate, subtropical or mediterranean climate and growing in hardiness zone 5-11.

Leaves edible color green in deltoid shape sometimes with 1-3 lobes.

Kudzu flower

Flower color purple, the flowers grow on spikes.

Root edible the color white with brown peel, round shape with lobes.

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Requirements for Kudzu growing and care:


What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seedling / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but possible

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Aggressive, invasive

Planting season:
Spring, summer, autumn

Pests and diseases:
Kudzu beetle

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Keep it small that it won’t take control of all the area

Size of the plant?
5-25m, 15-75 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring / Summer

General information about the flower
Purple flowers grow on spikes

Pollination is done by:

Thinning the bloom:
To control the plant and that won’t be invasive need to thinning the blossom

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season:
All year

How to harvest the leaves?
After the plant establish trim freely with the branches young leaves

Information about leaves:
Green in deltoid shape sometimes with 1-3 lobes.

Uses of Kudzu leaves:

Edible Roots

Information about tuber:
White with brown peel, round shape with lobes

When to pull up tuber:
Autumn / Winter

Uses of Kudzu tuber:
Cooked, parfait

Scientific name:

Pueraria montana

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

Flower Colors


Harvest season

Ornamental parts

Plant growing speed

Plant life-form

Plant uses

Planting season

Plants sun exposure

Watering plants

Hardiness zone