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Plant Identification: SOLVED: Florida plant with black berries and red trunk stems

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Ocala, FL

July 26, 2009
6:43 PM

Post #6867788

I have this growing next to my camellias. I was going to pull it up. I don't know what it is. weed? deadly? Thanks!

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mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 26, 2009
7:23 PM

Post #6867933

it's a very healthy and robust pokeweed. think twice about pulling it. you'll need a shovel and a strong back. they have a taproot that goes forever. if the plant is in a wild area of your garden, leave it for the birds. personally, i think they're pretty cool.
Amston, CT
(Zone 6b)

July 26, 2009
7:26 PM

Post #6867944

just guessing -- at first I thought it might be elderberry, but the berries weren't right -- then I found "pokeweed" and I think that might be it -- do a search here at Dave's Garden for "pokeweed" and see what you think?


United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

July 26, 2009
8:37 PM

Post #6868168

Yep, Pokeweed Phytolacca americana

Debary, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 26, 2009
9:12 PM

Post #6868272

Or do like old folk at home, and make poke salad...the roots are poison, and to eat the leaves you have to boil them twice. If you leave it, there will be a million babies next year and that dern taproot comming back.

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