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American Pokeweed

Phytolacca americana


Red peduncle and stemmed plant with green leaves and multi-colored inflorescence including green, red, pink and dark blue. Not native and is invasive.


Hillside on residential street.


From American Cancer Society - "Research has shown that pokeweed contains a compound that appears to enhance the immune system and has some anti-cancer effects in animals. According to one animal study, pokeweed antiviral protein (PAP), a protein contained in the plant, demonstrated anti-cancer effects in rodents. Another study found that PAP, when combined with an immunotherapy drug called TP-3, holds promise as a potential treatment for advanced osteosarcomas and some soft tissue sarcomas. Laboratory studies have suggested that certain formulations of PAP may be turn out to be useful against cancer cells that depend on hormones for their growth, such as cells from prostate, breast, and ovarian cancer."

1 Species ID Suggestions

Pokeweed, pokeberry
Phytolacca sp. Pokeweed

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1 Comment

CindyBinghamKeiser 8 years ago

Thank you for the ID KristalWatrous :)

Escondido, California

Spotted on Sep 15, 2011
Submitted on Sep 15, 2011

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