Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana)

Habitat: Forests, Fields and Open Areas

Grows in Sun/Shade: Shade

Flowers: White

Attributes: Walnut tolerant

Height: 100-300 cm (39-118 in)


Pokeweed is an attractive and very tall, typically 2 meters, sometimes 3 meters. The berries are often consumed by American Robin, and perhaps other song birds in September. The purple berries, like many other plant fruits maybe poisonous. The leaves can be eaten (cooked as a pot herb in the spring), but careful preparation is required as they are poisonous.


For more information about this plant please visit the Ontario Wildflowers website


4265 Wilmot-Easthope Rd., New Hamburg,  (2 km north of highway 7/8 or south of Erb's Road)

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