We are on the road again. Leaving Virginia and heading for North Carolina. As we travel down the road we see fields of tobacco. I was interested in this field because it is blooming.
This is kudzu. It is a very fast growing vine that loves it in the South. It will grow over anything. It kills the plant because it covers it so completely that the plant does not get any sunlight.
Kudzu is a climbing, coiling, and trailing vine native to southern Japan and southeast China
The climate of the Southeastern U.S. is perfect for kudzu. The vines grow as much as a foot per day during summer months, climbing trees, power poles, and anything else they contact. Under ideal conditions kudzu vines can grow sixty feet each year.
The roots contain starch, which has traditionally been used as a food ingredient in East Asia
The flowers are used to make a jelly Kudzu fiber, known as ko-hemp, is used traditionally to make clothing and paper and has also been investigated for industrial-scale use. The stems are traditionally used for basketry. It is also used in tea and medicines in Japan. This information is from the Internet.
Flower of the Kudzu
We are at Forest Lakes RV Resort in Advance, North Carolina. We traveled in overcast skies and a few sprinkles. We got here and set up, put the awnings out and secured and bam a thunder storm hits. We can't catch a break. Thunder and then rain and rain and rain. You can see it pouring off the awning.
Our spot is located next to a pretty waterfall. It did not take long for the water to soak into the ground and all is well again. All for now I am tired and want to go to sleep. More pics of the sight to come.