Is this a weed or a shrub or something else?

I would have liked to see what would come from the cluster of buds on it, but it was in my way, so I took it out. Any ideas guys?
q is this a weed or a shrub or something else , gardening, plant id, This is it What is it
This is it. What is it?
  25 answers
  • Sandy Lee H Sandy Lee H on Sep 02, 2016

  • Reeseworld1 Reeseworld1 on Sep 02, 2016
    Weed and very invasive once the seeds mature and drop. Pull!!!

  • BethAnn BethAnn on Sep 02, 2016
    Berries turn purple, birds eat them....purple staining poop and more seeds planted! PULL as much out of the ground as possible!!!

  • Izo7520714 Izo7520714 on Sep 02, 2016
    It looks like a Little Henry Virginia Sweetspre

  • Sue Sue on Sep 02, 2016
    It is poke weed. I am sure it grows in my flower beds

  • Raye Downey Raye Downey on Sep 02, 2016

  • Diana Megyesi Echler Diana Megyesi Echler on Sep 02, 2016
    It is poke weed but it is also edible. You can boil the leaves and add bacon and it is rather good but smells horrible. The berries are poisonous to humans. Remember Poke Salad Annie? This was what she ate. I would get rid of it.

    • Roberta Roberta on Sep 02, 2016
      Diana Echler , I thought that was a Kentucky

  • M Q Nichols M Q Nichols on Sep 02, 2016
    It is poke weed. I let a few plants grow in the natural part of my yard. The birds love the ripe berries and even see to get a bit of a buzz from it. When the berries are ripe, the birds at my nearby feeder become louder, happier and sillier. I also like to use it in my flower arrangements. Both the green and the purple berries add an unusual element to my floral designs.

  • Betty Betty on Sep 02, 2016

  • Laurette Laurette on Sep 02, 2016
    weed pull now before it drops more seed!

  • Brian Owenby Brian Owenby on Sep 02, 2016
    Poke yes. Berries are lethal in large numbers. But do not eat this at this size. The plant at maturity can send you to the bathroom for a day or worse Cook them young and newly formed.

  • Diana Megyesi Echler Diana Megyesi Echler on Sep 02, 2016
    Got it in my yard. My father-in-law used to want me to cook it up. Used to have my son go out and beat the weed up so there wasn't anything for me to cook.

  • Ric7883949 Ric7883949 on Sep 02, 2016
    While pokeweed leaves are edible, you need to read up on the prep process. What you are left with is something quite tasteless. Also, these plants don't just self seed, they sprout from a tuber-like root every year. I personally like the looks of them but the will get out of hand in a few years. Birds love to eat the berries and then find they have to vomit them out. Instinct overrides their judgment and they eat them all over again.

  • Kathleen Conery Kathleen Conery on Sep 02, 2016
    Pokeweed is also used as a natural dye. The berries give you pinks, to reds, to burnt orange colors depending on the mordant and heat used. But otherwise it's a stubborn, spreading, poisonous nuisance. If you didn't get the whole root/tuber out, I'll bet it grows back in the same place next year!

  • Sharon Sharon on Sep 02, 2016
    I took a piece of this to green house staff they said its niteshade an invasive weed and poison as old heck!!Sharon

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    • Bklyn Cowgirl Bklyn Cowgirl on Sep 02, 2016
      I['s not "Deadly Nightshade". It's definitely pokeweed. Not very poisonous but should not be eaten unless you know what you're doing.

  • Sue Kiene Sue Kiene on Sep 02, 2016
    You have poke berry not nightshade. 2 different plants. Either one I would get rid of because they are both very invasive. Good luck

  • Pat Kelley Wittorf Pat Kelley Wittorf on Sep 02, 2016
    Poke!!! Time for some Poke Salit, Annie. LOL One of the few greens I actually like. The berries make a beautiful red dye too, but be careful because it's very permanent. It is not poison.... old wives tale. We only picked the small, tender leaves to eat. The mature ones are tough and strong tasting. BTW, I'm originally from Oklahoma and my mother and I would drive out in the country looking for it along fence lines where we'd pick those tender leaves. Once we moved out of town and had a few acres, we brought the seed berries back and started our own along the fence line.

  • Lyn7456005 Lyn7456005 on Sep 02, 2016
    A weed is just a flower out of place😉

    • Bklyn Cowgirl Bklyn Cowgirl on Sep 02, 2016
      Exactly. My brother had a new neighbor who had bought a house because of the beautiful yellow flowers covering the front lawn. Then he spent a fortune to have hundreds of dandelions ripped out. ;-)

  • Vickie Benak Vickie Benak on Sep 02, 2016
    Boy, all you people are amazing and fast. I posted my ? Yesterday, and got quite a few replies. Thank you to all of my Hometalk friends. You all are better than Dear Abbie.

  • Dkm72146 Dkm72146 on Sep 02, 2016
    Poke salad is a very delicious green. It is mildly invasive but easily controlled as it only grows where it wants when it wants. The main thing people need to know is that it has to be blanched and the water poured off, then covered with fresh water and cooked just as any other greens. The leaves are most tender before the seed pods appear and the plant stalks are not edible. It has a bad reputation, but is nutritious and free along with being a delicious greens.

  • Marcia Marcia on Sep 04, 2016
    Ifits poke it has to be cooked a specific way or it will make you sick!

  • Patti Patti on Sep 04, 2016
    The tender stems are edible too. You just peel them, cut in small pieces, add cornmeal and fry. Tastes a little like fried okra. We eat the greens too. Pick when young, wash, blanch, drain, boil, drain again put in a skillet with oil and heat, add a beaten egg or two and cook until egg is done. Yum. I believe it is poisonous if not properly prepared, but we've been eating it for generations and our little town even has a Poke Salat Festival!

  • Evelyn R. Frazier Evelyn R. Frazier on Sep 05, 2016
    What is it?