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PlantFiles: Poke Weed
Phytolacca icosandra 'Berkeley Gold'

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Family: Phytolaccaceae
Genus: Phytolacca (fy-toh-LAK-uh) (Info)
Species: icosandra (eye-koh-SAN-druh) (Info)
Cultivar: Berkeley Gold

Category:
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:
Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Danger:
Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Herbaceous
Variegated
Chartreuse/Yellow

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive dordee On Jul 1, 2010, dordee from Silex, MO wrote:

THE LEAVES OF THIS PLANT DO NOT LOOK LIKE "MY" POKEWEED. ALSO, THIS SEEMS TO BE A VINE IN ONE OF THE PICTURES. ARE WE TALKING ABOUT THE SAME PLANT? POKE HERE IN MISSOURI CAN GROW UP TO 6' IN THE WILD. INFACT, MANY PEOPLE CALL IT A WEED AS IT IS A LARGE PLANT AND NOT TOO PRETTY LATE IN THE YEAR.. YES THE BERRIES ARE POISON. THE WHOLE PLANT IS ONCE THE FLOWERS BLOOM. IF YOU KEEP PICKING AND PREVENT THE FLOWER BUDS FROM FORMING, IT IS OKAY TO EAT. I HAVE SEEN THIS IN THE WILD SINCE I WAS A CHILD (70 YEARS AGO). MY GRANDMOTHER USED TO PICK THE LEAVES AND YOUNG STALKS FOR WILD GREENS ALONG WITH DOCK, LAMBSQUARTER, COLTSFOOT, DANDELION, SQUAREWEED AND MANY OTHERS. THEN YOU COOKED IT DOWN AND ADDED TURNIP AND MUSTARD GREENS, ADDED A BIT OF BACON OR JOWL FOR SEASONING AND FIXED A PAN OF CORNBREAD AND CUT UP A FEW FRESH GREEN ONIONS AND YOU HAD DINNER. IT IS USUALLY LARGE ENOUGH TO START PICKING AROUND THE END OF MAY. I HAVE A COUPLE OF PLANTS FOR MY GREENS EARLY IN THE YEAR. GRANDMA ALWAYS SAID THE GREENS CLEANED OUT THE TOXINS IN YOUR BLOOD FROM THE WINTER. I DO KNOW IT TASTES GOOD.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Calistoga, California
Fishers, Indiana
Silex, Missouri
Hominy, Oklahoma
Dickinson, Texas
Lubbock, Texas
Mont Belvieu, Texas
Walkerton, Virginia



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