Pokeweed

Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) is a common wild edible plant in Easter United States, the Midwest, the Gulf coast, and scattered through Western United States.

It’s often found in pastures, along the edges of forests and trails, and along fences.

Identification:

Identifying pokeweed is fairly simple. Look for red stems, small white flowers that turn into green berries and then blackish/purplish when ripe.

Berries: Start out green, then are blackish/purplish when ripe.

Leaves: Lancelate, smooth.

Stems: Start out green, then turn red.

Flowers: Tiny, white, in racemes.

Toxicity:

Warning: The raw leaves and stems are poisonous as well as the raw or cooked berries or flowers!

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Sources:

  • “Pokeweed: How to Prepare “Poke Salad.” May 27, 2018. Wild Abundance. Accessed: June 28, 2020.

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