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