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Latin Name- Phytolacca Americana Hardy Zone- 2-10 Mature Height- 8ft Width- 3 ft Sun or Shade- Full Sun

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Pokeweed – Phytolacca Americana. American pokeweed, typically called pokeweed, is an herbaceous, perennial plant that reaches a height of eight feet tall. Pokeweed grows native in the eastern, Midwest and Gulf Coast regions of the United States.

Pokeweed is a unique plant with irregular branches holding oblong leaves, a purple stem, and white or pinkish flowers. The flowers grow in clusters all over the shrub. Flowering begins in May and continues into the fall. Each plant has dozens of flower clusters. Once the flowers drop off, green berries take their place, eventually ripening to dark purple. The purple-red stems hold clusters of purple berries that look similar to grapes. The berries are toxic, so be careful planting pokeweed near children. Pokeweed grows throughout most of the United States except for the extreme north. The plant prefers areas with damp soils and abundant shade. Try planting pokeweed along a fence or as a border plant. It needs adequate, frequent watering, but pokeweed tolerates short drought as well. Transplant the pokeweed roots in the late winter. Pokeweed requires little care. Water a few times a week after the taproot establishes in the ground.

Pokeweed is a delightful, perennial shrub commonly called They are well known for their lovely pink to purple stalk, green leaves, and purple berries; the soil will determine its color. The berries, having been used for its ability to stain, are an excellent dye designed by Indians for coloring their feathers, Having been used for its ability to stain. The Pokeweed plant can be quite a large plant. These are perennial wildflowers which mean they will come back each year. These plants are trendy for their medicinal qualities and are heavily used in holistic medicine. They will begin to bloom in midsummer months and last until winter. The blooms are tiny pink and white flowers that will attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. These plants will also draw other small animals because it produces a berry when the blooms stop. They prefer moist soil, with good drainage available.

Pokeweed Plants is a lush green plant that has whitish pink stems, round almond-shaped leaves that are brightly colored. Starting out in spring, the leaf colors darken throughout the summer. First, the plant produces tiny white flower clusters. Then, after that, the flowers become dark purple berries. Pokeweed is a wild growing plant and can be found thriving in many places throughout nature. Lately, it has become increasingly popular to use this plant for landscaping, due to the lovely way the berries hang delicately from the thin branches and the tenacity with which the pokeweed grows. They can live in most types of soil, quite a wide range of zones. The Pokeweed plants can live for over two years.


The stem color can vary from green to purple, but the best feature of the pokeweed are its white flowers which will turn into dark purple berries. These berries are sure to attract some of the best songbirds like the mockingbird. This is the perfect plant if you are an avid bird watcher and lover. Though pokeweed has toxins, some, with proper handling and care, have used this for recipes and medicinal properties. Regardless of their purpose, these berries will draw in beautiful birds for your family to enjoy watching. Even before it was noticed for its pleasing aesthetics, Pokeweed was used for it's healing properties. Horticulturists use it aids the lymphatic system and help stimulate healing in areas like swollen glands. It is also believed to support the immune system and to ward off virus', swelling, or any inflammation. The berries of the pokeweed are what hold its seeds, so it is easy to reseed whenever you need to, a low maintenance plant. Along with the benefit of songbirds, this is a must-have for any garden.