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What is this berry plant?
« on: September 15, 2020, 07:15:04 PM »
I have no idea what this is.  it is about 4 feet tall.
 


 

 

 

 
I weed wack it's neighbors, have plant juice stains on my hat still.. they never grew back from wacking so I think annual?



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Re: What is this berry plant?
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2020, 07:18:37 PM »
Pokeberry or Pokeweed
Phytolacca americana

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Re: What is this berry plant?
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2020, 07:38:17 AM »
Poke salad Annie , wait till the fruit gets ripe and the birds get a hold of it . Bombs Away :o

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Re: What is this berry plant?
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2020, 07:44:35 AM »
One ripe berry is enough to dye both hands purple!
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Re: What is this berry plant?
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2020, 09:00:13 AM »
Possum and deer love it. 
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Re: What is this berry plant?
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2020, 11:09:14 AM »
Not the same thing as Elderberry?  When I was 12 or 13, my dad used to try and make wine from Elderberry.  He called it diet wine.  You could barely drink one glass :D
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Re: What is this berry plant?
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2020, 12:24:53 PM »
   Coons love it too. During my final Wildlife project at AU I found one on one of my survey lines on an old log road that I believe was 3" in diameter and 25' tall. Definitely the biggest one I have ever seen. It was in heavy shade on a flood plain and had to really reach for the sun.

 My MIL I think used to make Poke salad out of it. I think she boiled the plant and poured the juice off a couple of times to remove any toxic compounds. I think she scrambled it with eggs. (According to my wife - I never actually saw her harvest or process it.) I have a big one by my hay barn I've let grow this year. First frost and it is gone.

   Definitely different than Elderberry which has a hollow woody stem.
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Re: What is this berry plant?
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2020, 03:50:45 PM »
Elderberry is Sambucus spp.

Several species native to California:

     https://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/specieslist.cgi?where-genus=Sambucus

Encouraged as hedgerow between fields. Berries used for syrup. 

Pokeberry (Phytolacca americana) is a non-native, somewhat common weed in California.

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Re: What is this berry plant?
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2020, 08:08:36 PM »
Thanks,
a native weed, but very poisonous to human and invasive.
ok, its growing in middle of poison ivy in a power line corridor.

I will probably just stay away from it, wasn't enjoying the juicy weed whacking mess with the ones on the corner of my lawn, but it is pretty with berries.

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« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2020, 08:09:40 PM »
Sorry to mislead - my dad made his diet wine when we were living in lower NY state in the 70's.  I travel in some very arid parts of California - I don't think either would grow around here.
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Re: What is this berry plant?
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2020, 08:53:47 PM »
That plant has one impressive taproot. I flipped one out with a loader in a compost pile that was a good 6' long and the size of my leg at the top.
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Re: What is this berry plant?
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2020, 10:05:34 PM »
I've let it grow in my back yard and well after the frost kills the plant, well into winter  robins and other birds eat it. 

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Re: What is this berry plant?
« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2020, 08:37:57 AM »
Lot of people make jelly out of the fruit, don't care much for poke salad .

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Re: What is this berry plant?
« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2020, 09:32:43 AM »
Reading about the work needed to leach out the toxins, I think I would start with blackberry or raspberry for making jam.

I think this is one of those berries your momma tells you not to eat.

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