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Wednesday - August 27, 2008

From: Ambler, PA
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Plant with stalk of purple berries
Answered by: Nan Hampton


I have a plant that just grows.large hollow purple stalk, purple berries in long clusters , grows very tall any thoughts.. it grows like a weed


Mr. Smarty Plants thinks that this sounds like Phytolacca americana (American pokeweed).  If this is not it, please take a photo or two and send them to us and we will do our best to identify it.  You can read instructions for submitting photos on the Plant Identification page.


Phytolacca americana

Phytolacca americana

Phytolacca americana

Phytolacca americana



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