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American Pokeweed

Phytolacca americana


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.


Suburban yard.


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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Westbury, New York, USA

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

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