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What on Earth?

Posted by katisu 5 Indy (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 14, 14 at 19:43

Shade, Zone 5, Indianapolis

It's seems to be on a vine-like guy.

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The plant with the large leaves and cluster of white flowers/green berries is Pokeweed, Phytolacca americana. It's an upright perennial which can grow to 6-8' at least. Mostly poisonous, but regularly eaten by many folks with proper preparation (this is not a recommendation).

Can't kill it without removing/killing all the root. Birds love the berries -- and will poop the seeds under trees, fences, etc. -- and the 8-10 seeds per berry will all sprout.

The vine in the lower part of the photo (with the heart-shaped leaves) is a Morning glory. Some of them are almost impossible to get rid of, too. The ones with heart-shaped leaves include Convolvulaceae ipomoea purpurea and Convolvulaceae ipomoea tricolor.

This post was edited by missingtheobvious on Thu, Aug 14, 14 at 23:43

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My god, missingtheobvious, I just need to call you over to my house! You're awesome.

Thank you both! So I should probably get rid of the pokeweed. Morning Glories are ok, though.

RE: What on Earth?

Not awesome at all, katisu. Woefully -- sometimes embarrassingly -- ignorant compared to the real experts. I just know a few things, and sometimes they're what folks ask ... like Pokeweed.

Oh, the epic Pokeweed threads we had last year.... I think as a group we're still burned-out on that topic. (Poisonous! Cooked leafy vegetable! Purple ink! Roundup concentrate in a mustard squeeze-bottle! Grow it for the birds! Pretty! Invasive! Protect your children! Etc.)

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