Holy kudzu! Vine in N.C. town said to resemble Jesus

Holy kudzu! Vine in N.C. town said to resemble Jesus

June 29th, 2011 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

In this June 28, 2011 photo, a patch of kudzu grows on a utility pole, in Kinston, N.C. People in the area see a likeness to Jesus Christ on the cross. Kent Hardison runs Ma's Hot Dog stand nearby. He says he was getting ready to spray it with herbicide until he noticed the resemblance. (AP Photo/Daily Free Press, Charles Buchanan)

In this June 28, 2011 photo, a patch...

KINSTON, N.C. - Some residents in an eastern North Carolina city say a patch of kudzu growing on a utility pole is more than an invasive vine. They see a likeness to Jesus Christ on the cross.

The Free Press of Kinston reports that people began noticing the growth last week.

Kent Hardison runs Ma's Hot Dog stand nearby. He says he was getting ready to spray it with herbicide until he noticed the resemblance.

Hardison and his customers think the vine can be seen as a symbolic reminder that God is watching over people.

But the likeness could also cause some problems. A University of Maryland biology professor says kudzu costs power companies about $1.5 million a year to repair damaged lines.