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Pokeweed

Phytolacca americana

Family: Phytolaccaceae

Location:
  • Found on roadsides, in clearings, or damp thickets
Pokeweed
Characteristics:
  • 1.2-3m or 4-10 feet tall
  • has reddish stems
Pokeweed leaf
Leaves:
  • large, simple leaves
  • oval
Pokeweed berries
Flower:
  • July-September
  • small, white, 5 petal flowers
  • arranged in clusters
  • sepals are greenish, often look like leaves
Fruit:
  • purplish-black berries on red stalks
  • arranged in drooping clusters
Pokeweed flowers
Uses:

Use the juice of fresh berries as a purple dye.


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