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Pokeberry plant, phytolacca Americana, also commonly known as the American Pokeweed plant, is found abundantly worldwide. It belongs to the family Phytolaccaceae with around 100 species.
Two of the plant species are native to Eastern North America. This plant typically grows between 6 to 10 feet in height but may also be found as tall as 21 feet. The plant is shrub-like with a pinkish-red hollow stem around 2 inches in diameter.
It has beautiful white flowers and berry-like fruit in the fruiting season.
The flowers appear in linear clusters on short, reddish-purple stems with no petals. They have five sepals each and around ten stamens. While the flowers are usually white or green, they may also be purplish or pinkish sometimes.
This plant flowers from May to October in Northern states while year-round blossom is present in Southern states. The plant leaves are tapered, 8 to 15 inches long, with a dark green color on top and lighter on the underside alternately present on the stem.
They are hairless and broadly oval to egg-shaped with smooth and slightly wavy margins. The taproot is almost 12 inches long and 4 inches wide. The stem is flexible and rigid but not too strong. It is branched multiple times without a central stem. Moreover, the stalk is herbaceous, smooth, succulent, and reddish.
It does not require specific conditions for growth. It grows aggressively through seeds in well-drained soils with average or medium moisture.
The plant progresses the best when given adequate light and shade. This plant prefers full sun (6 hours daily) and a partial shade (4 hours daily) and tolerates moderate drought. Despite doing well anywhere, it is best grown in zones 4 to 8.
The plant produces dense purple blackberries around 2.5 inches in diameter in late summer to fall. Each berry has 6 to 12 seeds and hangs in clusters on the stem.
The fruit is not considered edible, yet you can consume young leaves and stems when boiled and adequately cooked. They are also considered a good source of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
The shoots of these plants are harvested to be used for culinary purposes when they are 6 inches in height. The fruits are essential nutrients for mourning doves, mockingbirds, and northern cardinals. Young leaves are also mixed with other vegetables to enhance flavor.
Other regional names for this plant include Poke salad, Poke swallet, or Poke. It is cultivated and used widely in the Southeast as an alternative for Asparagus and Spinach.
The red color of berries is used as a food dye in the manufacturing of candies and wine and color paper and cloth. While the plant was initially misunderstood with no such uses known, you can plant this low-maintenance shrub for enhanced beauty. The white flowers and blackberries add to the aesthetic significance of the plant.
Posted by Jessie Evans on Jan 12, 2022
Awesome . Healthy plant and good packaging
Posted by Lisa on Jun 19, 2020
The roots that were sent were plump and healthy. I planted right away and hoping for some beautiful medicinal plants to poke up from the soil soon.
Posted by Ran Powers on Jan 14, 2020
Received this hard to find great native in excellent condition. Thanks!
Posted by Evelyn Bartow on Aug 27, 2019
The shipping was fast and the packaging was great.
Posted by Barbara Jennings on Aug 26, 2019
The blooms on this plant are very unique and beautiful. Looks great in my gardens! Very pleased with this plant.
Posted by Faye Bess on Aug 26, 2019
Posted by Andrea Wofford on Aug 22, 2019
THis looks great planted with ferns.
We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.
We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.
Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.