The white, radially symmetrical flowers of pokeweed are very small, measuring 6 mm. in width. Each bloom has a small, green, central fruiting structure, surrounded by white stamens, five rounded petals and five, white, petal-like sepals. Flowers are arranged as elongated clusters along the length of the reddish-brown stems.
Pokeweed berries are rounded, juicy, and dark purple. Berries are arranged in heavy, drooping elongated clusters.
The rich green leaves are large, measuring 12.5-30 cm. in length, and lanceolate with tapered tips and bases. They have wrinkled margins, are conspicuously veined, and are densely arranged.
Pokeweed grows best in open woods, damp thickets, around clearings and along roadsides.
Pokeweed is a toxic plant. The berries and roots are poisonous; however, immature pokeweed shoots can be boiled, reboiled, and eaten as greens.
The dark purple juice of pokeweed berries can be used as fabric dye and was used as a colorant for cheap wines.