We respect your understanding of the potential kudzu poses as an invasive plant.
However, kudzu, in all of its botanical varieties, has been listed on the Federal (USDA) Noxious Weeds List. Here's a definition from the USDA
of both "weed" and "noxious weed":
Any plant that poses a major threat to agriculture and/or natural ecosystems within the United States.
"Current Federal laws/regulations may contain several related definitions as follows:
'any plant or plant product that can directly or indirectly injure or cause damage to crops (including nursery stock or plant products), livestock, poultry or other interests of agriculture, irrigation, navigation, the natural resources of the United States, the public health, or the environment.' (Plant Protection Act).
"APHIS regulations in 7 CFR 360 currently list approximately 94 taxa that are defined as noxious weeds.
"Undesirable Plant Species:
Plant species that are classified as undesirable, noxious, harmful, exotic, injurious, or poisonous, pursuant to State or Federal law. 'Species listed as endangered by the Endangered Species Act of 1973 shall not be designated as undesirable plants under this section and shall not include plants indigenous to an area where control measures are to be taken under this section.' Â§2814 of 7 U.S.C. 360; the Federal Noxious Weed Act (FNWA), the only part of FNWA remaining in effect. This section is now incorporated into the Plant Protection Act."
is a composite listing of the Federal and State/Regional Noxious Weeds Databases. The scientific name for kudzu is Pueraria montana spp.
(species); PUMO is the first kudzu listing in this alphabetical roll-call.
One of the goals of the Noxious Weed Program is to "Control (i.e., suppress, contain, or eradicate) populations of high risk weeds, minimizing impacts on agricultural production, natural resources, the environment, and human health." In this regard, distribution of cuttings, seeds, or other methods of propagating a federally noxious weed is prohibited, and this forum cannot
be a party to such a transaction or to facilitating such a transaction.
Acronyms used in this post not identified elsewhere:
APHIS = Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
CFR = Code of Federal Regulations
U.S.C. = United States Code
USDA = U.S. Department of Agriculture