I can take you some pictures of Bambi close up. I mow my next door neighbor's yard, and the one next to it has a small Bamboo forest. It is mature and spreads under ground, shoots pop up several feet into the adjacent yard. The stuff grows very fast and the short young sprouts are often 2" in diameter.I had heard that too - but Wiki indicates differently. It was another Japanese invasion....LOL! I believe the cattle connection occurred when folks realized in places it had been planted to help with soil erosion, they had a big problem on their hands.
"The kudzu plant was introduced to the United States from Japan in 1876 at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Kudzu was introduced to the Southeast in 1883 at the New Orleans Exposition. The vine was widely marketed in the Southeast as an ornamental plant to be used to shade porches, and in the first half of the 20th century, kudzu was distributed as a high-protein content cattle fodder and as a cover plant to prevent soil erosion." "Kudzu was intentionally introduced to North America by the Soil Erosion Service and Civilian Conservation Corp in 1876 for the purpose of controlling soil erosion in Pennsylvania. When kudzu was first introduced in the southeast, it was initially used as an ornamental vine to shade homes. By the early 20th century, southerners began to use kudzu for purposes other than ornamentation and so kudzu began to come closer in contact with the land which, in turn, encouraged its spread throughout the southeast." From the same article - mature, established plants can grow vines at the rate of 1 FOOT PER DAY.
In Japan's cold climate, it dies back so far in the winter, it can't expand very far during the summer. But in the southeast U.S., in many locations, it's not even a perennial anymore. I've . Like bamboo -- pretty tough to get rid of once established. I've always thought a movie short -- Sat Night Live style -- called "Bamboo versus Kudzu" in an old Japanese-style "Godzilla vs. whatever" could be pretty funny.
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You should import some panda bears.It's wild. I haven't tried to kill it in any way, I've just mowed it since it's not my yard. If it was actually next door I'd likely be trying something soon.
I already have one unkillable weed I put up with. It's called Virginia buttonweed. It has roots that are like rubber bands, which grow deep and are fragile. If you do not remove the entire plant and every bit of the root, it grows back. In 1998 there was a chemical that was listed as able to kill it, but at $200 a quart I passed. Now it's not available because of regulations, so nothing can kill this stuff.