What is this thing?

fwdixonJuly 5, 2014

Had about 6 of these pop up in various spots around the yard. They shoot up about from root to 6' to 8' in about 3 weeks, then start filling out. Racemes of small white flowers that almost look like a wild cherry, This is the first one I've managed to get out with a portion of the roots, so I'm expecting them back next year.The stalks are hollow (almost like bamboo, but they don't have the rings that bamboo has). The stalk is brownish-red near the bottom with light vertical striations, and green near the tips. They hold a lot of liquid. Thoughts?

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lycopus(z5 NY)

Pokeweed

    Bookmark   July 5, 2014 at 1:18PM
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fwdixon

That was easy....thanks! I've managed to pull up all but one root that I've found. Does anybody actually like these things in their yards?

    Bookmark   July 6, 2014 at 4:50PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Yes, but not usually in an urban/suburban setting. It's a valuable wild native.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 7:20AM
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Xtal(z8b Temple. TX)

Might want to reconsider that plant.

Xtal

Here is a link that might be useful: Foraging Texas: Pokeweed

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 11:04AM
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emma

My mother and her family picked the young sprouts and cook them like spinach. I have heard it can have a big tap root.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 5:12PM
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standart(9B Lakeland FL)

Concerning eating the young shoots, just remember it is considered poisonous; "old timers" usually boiled the shoots in several changes of water to leach out the poisons. It was called Poke Salat.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 11:36AM
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Xtal(z8b Temple. TX)

Before anyone considers putting something in their mouth, it's a good idea to check on that particular plant and then check again. Don't be doing anything till you know all about the plant - what part is edible, etc. Good idea to do all your homework. I know someone looking for seeds of that - for that reason, I'm sure.

Xtal

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 9:48PM
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arkansas_girl(5A)

The deer love to eat them!

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 6:53AM
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