SOLVED: Florida plant with black berries and red trunk stems

Ocala, FL

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)

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)

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?

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Yep, Pokeweed Phytolacca americana

Resin

Debary, FL(Zone 9a)

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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