Asked on Jun 10, 2012

What kind of plant is this?

Vivian JDouglas HuntDonna Marie P


It gets about 6ft tall or more, white flowers that turn to berries. I will take pics at each stage of it;s growth.
16 answers
  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jun 11, 2012

    elderberry perhaps?...the pics are a little hard to tell.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 11, 2012

    Are the berries very dark and hang in clusters? If so, you have poke weed. That's my guess from the color of the stem.

  • Sandra R
    on Jun 11, 2012

    Poke weed. Douglas, you are good! I call it an inkberry weed. They used the berry for ink and staining but very toxic I do believe?

  • Kathy R
    on Jun 11, 2012

    Berries are toxic. This is growing in our ditch.

  • Karen W
    on Jun 11, 2012

    This is growing in our next door neighbor's back yard. I thought it was a plant of some kind among all the weeds (they moved out last year and the house has sat vacant for months). It's interesting looking. Nice to know what it is finally!

  • Jamie M
    on Jun 11, 2012

    Looks like Poke. Yummm.

  • Alan J
    on Jun 11, 2012


  • Carlene M
    on Jun 11, 2012

    Yep, poke weed. Had a neighbor that would cut the leaves, boil it several times and it looked like spinach, bout what it tasted like too. Only tried it once, and only a small bite. Not my thing~ I cut a large one down next to my potting area and compost pile often. Large tuber root if you let it grow too long.

  • Erica Glasener
    on Jun 11, 2012

    Yes berries are toxic although only if you eat them. They add some decoration to the garden.

    on Jun 11, 2012

    Poke Weed.

  • 911 Address Signs
    on Jun 11, 2012

    yummy, love some poke salad..

  • Leslie D
    on Jun 11, 2012

    Yep, Poke Salad....we had a back yard full of it in SC, and used to use the berries as kids to mash up and paint our faces when we played Cowboys and Indians. My mom cooked it on a regular basis, and it turns out like Collards or Spinich, but you have to know what you're doing if you cook and eat it, or it can kill you.

  • Patricia Mayne
    on Jun 12, 2012

    We have one of those poke weeds that keeps poking up in the bushes in front of the house. Difficult to get rid of, we haven't had any success yet.

  • Donna Marie P
    on Jun 13, 2012

    Thank you all. Nice to know what it is. I let some grow because they are very pretty in a corner of the garden.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 14, 2012

    The birds will thank you for that, Donna Marie, and then ensure that you have them in other places. :-)

  • Vivian J
    on Jul 2, 2012

    If it is poke, we cook it up like greens, squeezed out excess cooking water, then mix it with a couple of beaten eyes, the fry it. Yes FRY it. It is an acquired taste. Poke Salad, like the song, "Poke Salad Annie" gator got yer grannie.....remember!

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