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Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) - Wildflowers

Directory of Wildflowers

Pokeweed
Phytolacca americana

Pokeweed
Pokeweed

Quick Profile

Exposure
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
 
Mature Height
4 - 10 Feet
 
USDA Hardiness Zones
2 - 11 
 
Native To:
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Michigan
Missouri
Ohio
Wisconsin
 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
 
Bloom Color
Green
White
 
Bloom Season
July - September
 

Features

Elongated clusters of small greenish-white flowers, followed by dark purple berries on red stalks.

Culture

Full sun to partial shade; moist, well drained soils.

Notes

Found in damp thickets and clearings. Often considered a weed. Many parts of the plant are poisonous. The fruits are eaten by various songbirds.