Native to eastern 🇨🇦 Canada, most of the 🇺🇸 USA, and probably some of 🇲🇽 Mexico.  Now widely scattered.

Quite striking for its red stems, white flower clusters and green then deep-purple berry clusters.  2017 seems to be a great year for pokeweed--I see it everywhere in the wild, including areas previously observed to be very sparse.  Farmers are said to consider it a weed.

An important food source for songbirds and other animals immune to the toxin in its seeds.  Apparently toxic to humans, unless properly cooked (above my knowledge level).  Tell your kids not to eat it--they may be attracted to the berries.

The USA's Declaration of Independence is reported to have been written in fermented pokeberry juice.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

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