Phytolacca americana is known by the many common names: American Pokeweed, Pokeweed, American Niightshade, Poke, Cancer Jalap, Coakum, Garget, Inkberry, Pigeon Berry, Pocan Bush, Poke Root, Redweed, Scoke, and Red Ink Plant. It grows widely in this area. The Wikipedia article provides a lot of information about this plant – toxicity, edibility etc. When we moved here, I was warned not to get juice from the plants in any open cut. I’ve always treated the plant with respect.
A young plant is upright with large, alternate leaves.
A flowering plant which has started to grow ‘rangy’. Mature plants may grow to 10 feed; some along our fence line grow this tall. Others are 5 to 6 feet tall. This plant is about 7 feet tall.
A flower head just starting to develop.
The developing flower head, a little further along.
A close up of the developing flowerlets.
A little further along…
Flowerlets at the base are starting to open; those at the top are still developing
The flower head with opened flowerlets. The flowerlets are quite beautiful.
The berries are developing
Phytolacca Americana (American Pokeweed) is native to the United States and Canada and grows in most states except the Rocky Mountain states.
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- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Phytolacca americana (American Pokeweed)
- University of North Carolina Herbarium: Phytolacca americana
- Southeastern Flora: American Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana)
- Natural and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: Phytolacca americana
- Missouri Plants: Phytolacca Americana
- Wikipedia: Phytolacca americana
- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower – Wildflower Index