Lydialyle Gibson

Gibson lives in Illinois but spent most of her childhood on her grandparents’ Sampson County farm where her fascination with kudzu grew almost as fast as the weed itself.

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Kudzu Takes Root in Southern Culture

More than a hundred years ago, Japanese arrowroot — aka kudzu — found a home in porch-side flower beds across the South. No one suspected the lush vine with the pretty purple flowers was a monster hell-bent on devouring everything in its path.

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