Science: Kudzu

Ah, you may have watched the blacksnake run

To the shaded hole from the blistering sun,

And you may have seen the swallow's flight

And the shooting star in the deep, dark night;

But until you have watched the kudzu grow

You never have seen the fastest show.

Ollie Reeves, poet laureate of the Atlanta Constitution, recently broadcast this ode to a plant whose exploits are becoming the talk of the South. Kudzu (rhymes with good zoo) is a vine which, say Arkansans, grows so fast that men drop kudzu roots into the ground and run. It...

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