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common pokeweed

Phytolacca americana

Description:

these beautiful berries are toxic

Habitat:

University research forest

Notes:

The plant contains toxins. Berries and young shoots are eaten in the southeastern US. Cooking is believed to inactivate the toxins. In the 19th century tinctures were used to treat rheumatism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytolacca_...

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3 Comments

1Sarah2
1Sarah2 9 years ago

I see that you have added this spotting to the Herbs & Spices - Source Plants Mission. Please add information on its use as an herb or spice. Thanks!

MitchRay
MitchRay 9 years ago

Poke-salad Annie, gator got your granny

eww Toxic

AnnaWhipkey
Spotted by
AnnaWhipkey

Indiana, USA

Spotted on Aug 21, 2011
Submitted on Aug 22, 2011

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