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Pokeweed

Pokeweed

Other Names

American Nightshade
American Pokeweed
Cancer Jalap
Coakum
Garget
Pigeon Berry
Pocan
Pokeberry
Pokeroot
Red Ink Plant
Redweed
Scoke
Virginia Poke

Pokeweed Facts

The binomial name for Pokeweed is Phytolacca americana. Pokeweed is sometimes called American Pokeweed, and also an assortment of many other common names.

Pokeweed Farms

It may be possible to find any pokeweed farms near your location. We have built a map that will show all of the berry farms in our directory!

Pokeweed Stories

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The Vegetarian's Puffer Fish
Pokeweed is at its most beautiful in early autumn. It is also at its most toxic. From its lovely purple-black berries to the very tip of its stout, white taproot, the plant is poison. Consequently, it may seem strange that pokeweed is avidly sought out ... New York Times [ story ]

This plant can kill you or be a part of a killer salad — so handle it with care
As a child, I was warned not to eat raw pokeweed berries – and I never did —but the long clusters of blackish-purple fruits fascinated me. They looked as poisonous as they apparently were. Pokeweed, also called poke or pokeberry (Phytolacca americana ... Island Packet (blog) [ story ]


Photo - Garry Kessler in Nature Notes - The Westborough News - Westborough, Massachussetts
 
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