Pokeweed

Phytolacca americana

Photo of Pokeweed
Photo by Dr. John Meade, weed scientist emeritus
Rutgers Cooperative Extension

This plant is also called inkberry because of the purple fruit. Raw fruit has been said to cause stomach aches. The large taproot is poisonous and is capable of killing people and livestock.

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