|Scientific Name||Phytolacca americana||USDA PLANTS Symbol||PHAM4|
|Common Name||American Pokeweed||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||19523|
|Description||Habitat: Widespread; disturbed areas, open woods, wood margins, and clearings.
Plant: Tall, bushy perennial 4 to 10 feet tall (example below was much shorter, however, about 2-1/2 feet tall); reddish stems.
Leaves: Stem leaves on petioles 1/3 to 2-1/3 inches long; lanceolate to ovate, 4 to 10 inches long, smooth edges.
Inflorescence: Terminal racemes of small white flowers with five petal-like sepals, and white stamens; no petals; green ovary in center; short pedicels; flowers at the tip co-occur with green berries further down.
Fruit: Purple-black, 1/4 to 1/2-inch diameter when mature.
Bloom Period: June to November.
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Map Color Key
Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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