The Velvet Cell
Kudzu - Sabine Bungert & Stefan Dolfen
Kudzu, a highly destructive plant first imported into the US from Asia, has become known as “The vine that ate the south”. During the Great Depression, farmers were paid to plant it as it was seen as a good way to combat soil erosion. However, Kudzu can grow over 30cm a day and, as such, today it represents a huge problem for the southern states, even entering the lexicon as a synonym for ‘something that comes in and rapidly takes over everything’.
Kudzu eliminates all other vegetation wherever it takes hold, something it does both quickly and easily. It can easily take over entire forests. Overgrown trees begin to look more like mysterious creatures and forests become enchanted-like places. But, with time, the vine kills the trees and damages properties. In the process, it has completely transformed the landscape of the South.