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Phytolacca americana var. americana (American pokeweed)
Bruso, George H.

Phytolacca americana var. americana

Phytolacca americana L. var. americana

American Pokeweed, Pigeonberry

Phytolaccaceae (Pokeweed Family)

Synonym(s): Phytolacca decandra

USDA Symbol: phama3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom 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.


USA: AL , AR , AZ , CA , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV


Warning: 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.
Attracts: Birds
Poisonous: yes

Mr. Smarty Plants says

Plant Identification
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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Additional resources

USDA: Find Phytolacca americana var. americana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Phytolacca americana var. americana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Phytolacca americana var. americana


Record Modified: 2014-03-14
Research By: TWC Staff

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