Poke Weed
Phytolacca icosandra 'Berkeley Gold'

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

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Chartreuse/Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

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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Gardeners' Notes:

1
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0
neutrals
0
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RatingContent
Positive

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 C... read more