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Phytolacca americana


Interesting info

Tall, bushy pokeweed so dominates the upper trail that I call that area the "pokeweed forest."

The small white flowers produce deep purple berries in late summer.

People have used the young greens in "pokesalad," but the roots are poisonous.

Birds love the berries but these may be poisonous also, especially to children.

You ought to know

Height: To 8' or more

Frequency: Abundant in the high, dry section of the woods

Blooms: June-July

Range: Found in all kinds of soil throughout Indiana.

Known from New England to Minnesota and from Florida to Mexico.


Pokeweed berries in late summer.
Birds love them, but they may be toxic to people