HAVE: Phytolacca Americana or Pokeweed

nyssaman(Z6 ON)October 1, 2007

I have seeds ready - this is a native plant - It is highly toxic even just by touching the seeds leaves and fruit so if you have small children not a good idea - they are a food for some of the more interesting birds like mockingbird and brown thrasher (this is a bird magnet)don't plant to close to the house as the fruit can be a bit messy this is more suited for the rural yard - it prefers light sandy soils

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dogsitter

hi nyssaman
i was reading up on pokeweed and it said that the leaves can be cooked and eaten and that some stores even carry canned leaves.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2007 at 12:34AM
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nyssaman(Z6 ON)

As far as I know you can eat the early shoots that are called poke greens thats about it - these are very common down in the southern US once its a full grown plant it is extremely toxic

    Bookmark   October 3, 2007 at 10:37AM
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origami_master(5b)

I believe when the leaves unfurl, it becomes toxic...boil it and discard the water once or more, add butter, and enjoy. I find it can be very invasive if left to reseed, the birds do a good job of seeding for me as well!

    Bookmark   October 3, 2007 at 6:12PM
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nyssaman(Z6 ON)

Bump

    Bookmark   October 12, 2007 at 12:55PM
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nyssaman(Z6 ON)

bump

    Bookmark   October 27, 2007 at 11:32AM
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wendy2shoes

Poke Salad Annie..Gator's got your Grannie....oops. Just had to remind y'all that pokeweed is a favourite spring green in the south. Y'all go get some, but be sure ya boil it up good.
Goes good with possum stew.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2007 at 9:30PM
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