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American Pokeweed

Phytolacca americana

Description:

Large plant with green hairless stems. Wide, alternate, simple leaves. Small stalks produce white flowers with green centers. As plant ages, stems turn bright pink, and dark purple/black berries are produced. The berries are a food source for many wild birds. This plant has a large taproot and is perennial.

Habitat:

Suburban yard.

Notes:

Parts of this plant considered highly toxic to livestock and humans. Stem, fruit and leaves are edible. Mostly considered a pest plant. Native.

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ForestDragon
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ForestDragon

Westbury, New York, USA

Spotted on Jul 24, 2013
Submitted on Nov 11, 2013

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