|SCIENTIFIC NAME:||Phytolacca americana|
|FEATURES:||Tall growing perennial weed, often reaching 2 meters (~6 feet) tall. Plant a tree like plant at
maturity. Entire plant primarily glabrous. Stem green when young turning deep purple at maturity
(late summer, early fall). Leaves solitary, alternate, elliptic to oval in shape with a distinct leaf tip.
Inflorescence (10 to 15 cm long)is a sparse cluster of 15 to 30 flowers. Flowers with white to green
petals, 1 to 1.5 cm in diameter. Fruit a sparse cluster of purple berries, 1 to 2 cm in diameter.
|DESCRIPTION:||Highly toxic plant at maturity; however, leaves can be harvested in the spring and eaten as greens
similar to spinach. At maturity the plant is a deep purple color throughout with all plant parts being
toxic. Very common weed around barns, fence rows, and infrequently mowed areas with frequent animal
and human disturbance. Plant grows from a thickened rhizome making the plant difficult to control.