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.
Sow seed in spring.
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral