Poke Weed

(Phytolacca americana)

This plant grows wild in the Eastern United States. It prefers neutral to Acid soil and partial shade. The plant and its parts can be toxic to humans, but are comsumed by wildlife .

Above is a Poke Plant covered with Berries and a closeup of a ripe Cluster ready to be crushed, strained and used for ink, as our ancestors are said to have done. Top left is a cluster in full bloom which precedes the green Fruit to the right.

If your area has Ink Berries growing wild,
Don't park your white car under a bird roost in the winter !

And if the plant becomes a nuisance, Don't dig it out;
treat it the same as Sumac.


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