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American pokeweed

A species of Pokeweeds, Also known as Pokeweed, Poke sallet, Poke salad, Inkberry, Dragonberries
Botanical name : Phytolacca americana Genus : Pokeweeds

American pokeweed, A species of Pokeweeds
Also known as:
Pokeweed, Poke sallet, Poke salad, Inkberry, Dragonberries
Botanical name: Phytolacca americana
Genus: Pokeweeds
American pokeweed (Phytolacca americana)

Description

Although its berries look juicy and tempting, the fruits and the root of american pokeweed are toxic and should not be eaten. American pokeweed is considered a pest species by farmers but is nevertheless often grown as an ornamental plant. Its berries can be made into pokeberry ink as well.
Plant Type
Herb
Lifespan
Perennial
Bloom Time
Summer, autumn
Plant Height
1 - 3 m
Spread
91 - 152 cm
Invasive
Yes
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General Info

Name story

American pokeweed
The plant carries the word "poke" in its name because poke originates from the word "pakon" or "puccoon", meaning "dye plant" in the Algonquian Indian language. This refers to a type of natural dye collected from the plant. However, as it originates from the United States, its common name is american pokeweed. Phytolacca americana berries actually look like a cluster of purplish black grapes. Although the berries are poisonous, the red dye extracted from the berries is very beautiful.
Inkbush
In early autumn, the plant bears clusters of enticing grape-like berries that are small and round. When the berries mature, they create a flamboyant, juicy, purplish-black layer. As people tend to use its berries to create dye, it is thus called the Inkbush.
Pigeon berry
Although its berries look as delicious as grapes, they are poisonous to humans, cattle and sheep. Many animals suffer from dyskinesia or even death after eating them. Only birds (such as pigeons) can consume it to curb starvation without the worry of the poison at all. Hence, it is also named Pigeon berry.

Symbolism

Freedom, extreme cleansing, purging, banishing

Usages

Environmental Protection Value
A food source for a wide range of wildlife.
Garden Use
American pokeweed is a tall, herbaceous shrub with bright red stems and deep purple berries. It grows in disturbed areas and can be problematic because of its weedy growth habit and toxicity. If one chooses to use this plant ornamentally, it can be used as a border plant.
American pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) American pokeweed (Phytolacca americana)
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