I see these growing locally and cant for the life of me remember what they are. I would appreciate any help offered. This large reddish stalk plant has large leaves with small white flower clusters that later close up and turn into dark purple berries. Its very ornamental looking for summer/fall display. I assume it seeds itself? Suggestions?
Help ID this PA Native, Please
It is Amrican Pokeweed, http://wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=PHAM4
Yeah, lots of birds love them. If you've got a place to let them grow, without worrying about little kids poisoning themselves, you'll have lots of entertainment. (If the pokeweed is big, the birds can just sit on it like a tree. But if it's smaller, they have to figure another way to get to the berries - jumping up in the air like little spring toys, or inching out on the branch and then grabbing one as they fall.)
Plan on repainting your white car/siding/porch/lawn furniture to purple, after the birds make their "deposits" - or graffiti.
Eeeww! I DO have white siding. At the first sign of a bombing, the pokeweed goes!
I have wanted to find out what this crap is for ages. In the desert it is a nice filler so the yard has color in bare spots. I like it, though it can get a bit carried away.