Thursday, June 15, 2017

American Pokeweed

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 Woodland Gardening

American pokeweed, (Phytolacca americana), is a herbaceous perennial plant. It belongs to the pokeweed family Phytolaccaceae growing up to 8 feet (2 meters, 4 feet in my woodland garden), in height. It is native to the eastern United States. Many people consider it a weed. I remove all the new seedlings I find, but 2-3 grow in a far corner of my yard, behind a lattice privacy barrier.  Birds eat the berries but they are toxic to mammals.


American pokeweed berries (Phytolacca americana)



American pokeweed flowers(Phytolacca americana)




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