The other day, Steve Schwartzman, posted an image of pokeweed (Phytolacca americana)and in replying to my comment observed that I had never posted any of my images of the flower.
Poke is the original name but, as many people don’t care for the plant, weed has been added over the years and it is also known by many others (Virginia poke, American nightshade, cancer jalap, coakum, garget, inkberry, pigeon berry, pocan, pokeroot, pokeberry, redweed, scoke, red ink plant). Generally considered poisonous, if prepared with great care, some of its parts are edible, but it seems more work than worth and the risk of a mistake makes it prudent to just admire the plant…as long as it is not taking over your land or poisoning your cattle.
Admiring the plant is my game. We have several spots in our thinly wooded area where they thrive as well as on open land and I am able to find them in many places locally for photography.
I find the flowers particularly lovely….
Even when all the fruits have fallen, the remaining bare flower stems are an attractive. I know, you’re expecting a picture. Maybe next year. 😉