Pokeweed

Phytolacca americana

Coakum, Pigeon Berry, Pocan Bush, American Pokeweed, American Nightshade, Cancer Jalap, Chon Grass, Cokan, Crimson-Berry Plant, Crowberry, Dyer's Grapes, Garget, Inkberry, Poke, Pokeberry, Poke Root, Poke Salad, Red Ink Plant, Red Weed, Scoke, Skoke, Virginian Poke, Common Pokeweed

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Phytolacca americana is a herbaceous perennial in the pokeweed family, Phytolaccaceae. It produces oval to lance-shaped leaves, which develop attractive purple colouration in the autumn. The interesting flowers are white-pink in colour, these are produced on a triangular raceme structure. A raceme is a form of unbranched inflorescence where the oldest flowers are formed at the base and new blooms from the tip as the plant grows. Flowers appear from mid-summer to early autumn, leading onto red-black berry fruits in the autumn.
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Planning

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn

Fruiting time

Autumn

Propagation

Seed

Sow seed in spring.

Special features

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Attractive fruits

Special features

Origin

North America.

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Phytolaccaceae

Flower colour

Pink, White
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