What is this plant?

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Ok so the house we purchased, apparently the people who lived here before loved to plant things. We have tons of bulbs, like 30 rose bushes, 10 hostas and some really nice beach grasses growing in. Before i go ripping theses out and throw them in yard waste does anyone know what it is? ?? I have about 5 of them in different areas. .
I live on long island about 2 blocks from the beach.
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 26, 2016
    I think it is a Coneflower. I would wait awhile before you pull this out unless of course you do not like where it is planted. However they do produce beautiful flowers and attract butterflies.

  • Lagree Wyndham Lagree Wyndham on May 26, 2016
    I am guessing, but it looks a little like a night shade?? If and when it blooms it should have trumpet like flowers that open at night. That's my guess, because a beach house i used to rent had them and it looks similar. I hope someone can give you a better answer

    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 26, 2016
      @Lagree Wyndham At this point all one can do is guess. I only said Coneflower because I have them and the leaf has the same resemblance.

  • Doreen Hortness Doreen Hortness on May 26, 2016
    I think it's a Peace Lily

  • Cindy Crowell Cindy Crowell on May 26, 2016
    Ink Berry or Pokeberry..have a lot of it here on Cape Cod http://www.easy-butterfly-garden.com/pokeberry.html I rip mine out...they get tall and huge root system...when the berries come out and ripen the birds eat them and their poop stains everything purple...it is also not a specimen for the garden...gets huge

  • Lisa Falkenthal Lisa Falkenthal on May 26, 2016
    I'm with Cindy, only I call it Pokeweed. If it has a spike of white flowers, immediately cut it back, and the dig deep to get out the ENTIRE ROOT. It will not be easy, but worth it.

  • Paw373952 Paw373952 on May 26, 2016
    Looks like an avocado seed I planted. It's about a foot and half tall and I'm not sure how old it is, less than a year I think . Located in central Florida!

  • Cla6374125 Cla6374125 on May 27, 2016
    Poke, people would get in early spring and mix it with their greens

  • Sandra Sandra on May 27, 2016
    Poke. You make Poke Salat with it. Good eating if you know how to cook it! But it grows wild all around KY. It'll get berries on it, but they're supposedly poison to eat. They make good ink though.

  • Rosalie S Rosalie S on May 27, 2016
    Poke. Read everything Sandra from Wooton, KY wrote. I grew up in MD. It was a wild food source for folks who recognized its value when it first sprouted in Spring. Be careful not to ingest parts of the plant after the stems turn red. Berries can be used for ink and natural dyes.

  • Eileen Eileen on May 27, 2016
    If this is pokeweed, I would recommend getting rid of it, especially if you have children around.

  • Gayle Deas Gayle Deas on May 27, 2016
    Yes, it's poke. Young leaves are edible, but the berries they produce are poisonous. Better to get rid of it and plant something better in its spot.

  • Barbara C Barbara C on May 27, 2016
    Make sure you dig out all the roots. It is a pest in Ga.,altho my Grandmother cooked it.

  • Kerry Ann Bruno Kerry Ann Bruno on May 27, 2016
    Pulling these bad boys out at the root!

  • Paul Paul on May 27, 2016
    I have pulled these out with 3 foot long root systems!

  • DORLIS DORLIS on May 27, 2016
    It is poke and one of the best greens you can eat. If you hae children, fence it in It mot likely will not come back in the same place. If you are into eating healthy, mix it with dock, dandelion, thistle., mustard and radish and other tops you get at the store. throw in a small piece of jowl, let cook down, make a pan of cornbread and get some green onion. GOOD EATING.

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    • DORLIS DORLIS on May 28, 2016
      @Bonnie Sunday BY THE WAY, IA M 75 AND IF I HADN'T BROKEN MY ARM, WOUD BE IN PERFECT HEALTH.

  • Linda Edsall Linda Edsall on May 27, 2016
    Did you ever hear the song Poke Salad Annie by Elvis Presley? They ate it all the time.

  • Shawn Shawn on May 27, 2016
    Poke is highly poisonous, yes, the very young leaves can be eaten if boiled properly but once it grows above 6 inches tall the poison becomes very strong. Your best bet is just to get it out of the yard, make sure you get the entire root. I am an herbal instructor and teach poke in my classes and how not to die from it.

    • DORLIS DORLIS on May 28, 2016
      @Shawn THAT IS IF YOU ALLOW IT TO L ET FLOWER BUDS FORM, KEEP CUTTING IT OFF TO EAT AND YOU DELAY THE OXOLIC ACID FROM TRAVELING UP THE STEMS. I AM 75 AND EAT IT EVERY SPRING.

  • DORLIS DORLIS on May 28, 2016
    MY GRANDMOTHER , MOTHER NEVER DID ALL THAT PARBOILING ND GRANDMOTHER LIVED TO 92. YOU GET IT IN THE SPRING, AND KEEP CUTTING TO KEEP THE OXALYIC FROM RISING UP THE STEM. DO NOT ALLOW IT TO SET FLOWER BUDS, KEEP CUTTING AND EATING.

  • Shawn Shawn on May 28, 2016
    Hi Dorlis, I'm very happy to hear that you have had no problems with it but there are a few points that the general public should know about. I wouldn't want anyone to get sick or die. The poisonous part of the Poke is not oxalic acid, yes, an over abundance of oxalic acid can be dangerous but many many plants that we eat daily contain it, such as rhubarb. There are 2 poisons in Poke that make it deadly: Phytolaccatoxin and Phytolaccagenin. Ingesting even a small amount of these can result in a deadly situation. As the plant grows, so does the amount of the poisons. I could list many studies as well as reports on deaths but I won't go that far, I will just encourage anyone who wants to try eating the plant to do THOROUGH research and make an informed decision. I do hope that you continue to be healthy and happy!