Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana)


The very tall weedy plant called Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) grows in waste places across  most of North America.   Pokeweed begins to bloom in early summer and continues putting out inflorescences all summer and into the fall season.

PokeweedThe flowers on the raceme bloom from the point closest to the plant’s stem to the tip of the inflorescence.

PokeweedThe green ovary — after fertilization — looks like a green berry, which then develops into the dark purple berry.

PokeweedGradually, the Pokeweed berries begin drying and shrinking.

PokeweedPokeweed is especially colorful in the fall when it exhibits its multi-colored berries (green, red, purple and almost black), along with red stems, and yellow leaves.

PokeweedTo learn more identification characteristics for Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) during various seasons of the year, and to see close-up views of its intriguing berries, watch this video:


(Here’s the same video as posted on YouTube.)

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