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Bruso, George H.
Phytolacca americana var. americana
Phytolacca americana L. var. americana
American pokeweed, Pigeonberry
Synonym(s): Phytolacca decandra
USDA Symbol: PHAMA3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: Blooms Spring to Fall in the North, year-round to the South.
BenefitWarning: The young leaves of Pokeweed are sometimes boiled and eaten, but older leaves and the shoots, berries, and roots are poisonous to humans and animals. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a personís age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small size. Toxicity can vary in a plant according to season, the plantís different parts, and its stage of growth; and plants can absorb toxic substances, such as herbicides, pesticides, and pollutants from the water, air, and soil.
Mr. Smarty Plants says
September 24, 2008
I have a single stem red vine with purple berries growing on it. It is in a cluster of bushes and gets mostly morning and early afternoon sun. The berries also have small bumps at the stem. I have ...
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Record Last Modified: 2014-03-14
Research By: TWC Staff