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Madison, WI

August 10, 2002
9:33 PM

Post #39404

This is the top of one of several 4'-5' 1-inch thick stems which all eminate from central base, and each is topped with this 6 to 8 inch composite of 8-part shiny black-purple berries, attached to magenta-colored top of stem. Leaf is velvety and thin, bright green, single oval-shaped, 5 to 10 inches in length. ( picture does not do the plant justice this year as I unwittingly, sadly, overwatered this during our hot drought in July...
Thanks in advance for any help. I love this plant! but have no idea what it is! (can't find similar in books, etc. I adopted this and rest of huge perennial gardens and am learning as I go...)

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Gulfport, MS
(Zone 8a)

August 10, 2002
11:19 PM

Post #324086

maybe pokeweed?
Madison, WI

August 11, 2002
12:25 PM

Post #324560

Since MSJen suggested pokeweed, I've been investigating re phytolacca sp in various databases ( as much as I like this plant, I'd have to pull it up if it was the toxic pokeweed.) However- closeups of the berries of pokeweed show them to be round and smooth, not segemented (8 segments) like my plant. the color of berry, stem and leaf is very similar tho- but this plant grows as straight stalks with the composite berry-filled end sticking straight up (when it has not been overwatered! ): ) If this is of the same family- I wonder if the plant is toxic like the "regular" pokeweed. I do not find it in "toxic plant" databases- other than its resemblance, as said, to phytolacca americanus.
Gulfport, MS
(Zone 8a)

August 11, 2002
4:35 PM

Post #324722

i found is pokeberry.
heres another link that shows the different stages of the berries.
sorry to be the bearer of bad news
Paxton, FL
(Zone 8a)

August 11, 2002
4:53 PM

Post #324739

Looks like pokeberry to me.

August 11, 2002
5:05 PM

Post #324749

I'd know that plant a mile away!! POKEWEED!! ARGH! Get those berries in the trash before they are allowed to fall. They are a terrible weed for us here.


Camilla, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 11, 2002
6:07 PM

Post #324776

Here too Dave, a huge pest..
Cape May Court House, NJ
(Zone 7a)

August 11, 2002
6:48 PM

Post #324804

Hey Dave and Larkie... I think some of those pesty seed's blew up from the south cause I have them here too!!!!!!

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