Kudzu Flower- Photograph by Jack Anthony http://www.jjanthony.com/kudzu/

Upon returning from vacation, I was annoyed with the amount of weeds that had taken over my flower beds. So much so that I updated my Facebook status with, `Who planted Kudzu in my absence?´

Much to my surprise, I had several people respond with, `What is Kudzu?´

Sign outside the Chipley, FL Agricultural Center

Kudzu is a common word in my vocabulary. Most likely because I grew up in Chipley, FL, also the hometown of Mr. Pleas, the man credited with importation of the vivacious growing vine seen all over the south and rapidly working it´s way north.

It is the dark green creeper you have noticed crawling up light poles, swallowing entire sections of roadside forestry, and accused of taking over small houses and barns in one growing season.

Photograph by Jack Anthony http://www.jjanthony.com/kudzu/

Photograph by Jack Anthony http://www.jjanthony.com/kudzu/

Photograph by Jack Anthony http://www.jjanthony.com/kudzu/

With Kudzu on my mind, and soil under my newly manicured nails, the G.D. Paper (that´s my local Gubrandsdølen Dagningen paper for those concerned with my language), announces a plant called Impatiens Gladulifera that is rapidly  spreading it´s seed and making news here in our district of Norway. The plant, originally from Himalaya, produces 4000 seed with a respectable 80% survival rate.

Like Kudzu, the flower is pretty,

Impatiens Gladulifera Flower

but locals describe it as a monster!

Photo by Einar Odden, Gubrandsdølen Dagningen

However, as scary as this stalker may be, this plant has nothing on Kudzu!

Photograph by Jack Anthony http://www.jjanthony.com/kudzu/

For more information about Kudzu go to Jack Anthony´s web site http://www.jjanthony.com/kudzu/

The photos alone are worth the visit!  In addition, don´t miss the comments below…some are doozies!