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suthAugust 31, 2013

This plant showed up in our garden among the squash vines. It has clusters of very small berries that turn black when ripe. The berries are bitter inedible. The plant is about 5 feet tall and still growing.

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donna_in_sask

Pokeweed...now waiting for Ken's reply about eating stuff before knowing if it's edible, lol.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2013 at 2:37PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Photolacca (pokeweed)

    Bookmark   August 31, 2013 at 2:37PM
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vall3fam(9 CentralCA)

One of many types of nightshade. I wouldn't gnaw on any more berries until you have a definite id!

Elaine

    Bookmark   August 31, 2013 at 2:41PM
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florauk(8/9)

This isn't a Solanum, or even in the Solanaceae, so can't really be described as a type of nightshade.

This post was edited by florauk on Sat, Aug 31, 13 at 15:00

    Bookmark   August 31, 2013 at 2:59PM
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carol23_gw

I looked around for various common names for Phytolacca americana. One common name is American Nightshade.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pokeweed

    Bookmark   August 31, 2013 at 3:27PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i am spent on pokeweed.. lol ...

the worst thing about this particularly glorious forum....

is the lack of searchable titles.. since how can you.. when yuo dont know what it is when you post...

see link ....

ken

Here is a link that might be useful: talk about gettting lazy .. lol ...

    Bookmark   August 31, 2013 at 6:22PM
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florauk(8/9)

OK, carol23 - I didn't know that. But I still think that the most widely accepted understanding of 'a type of Nightshade' would be a member of the Solanaceae.

Here is a link that might be useful: Solanaceae

    Bookmark   September 1, 2013 at 3:10AM
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