What kind of plant is this and are berries on this plant edible?

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The plant is about 1 foot high. The spikes were like white string with teeny white cluster whit flowers. Then green ball appeared. Then the ball turned blue while the spike stem it was on turned red. The Doves ate 22 or so blue berries, so I enclosed it with mesh to see what becomes of this plant.
q what kind of plant is this and if berries on this plant ar edible , gardening, plant id, Plant came up in compost pile Never saw this plant before What is it and are the berries human edible
Plant came up in compost pile. Never saw this plant before. What is it and are the berries human edible?
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  • Stephanie corley Stephanie corley on Oct 12, 2016
    We call this "Poke Salad" in the south. I have never tried it in a salad. The American Indians crushed the purple berries and used the juice as a color additive. The birds love the purple berries. I always leave a few plants in my yard for bird food.

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    • Stephanie corley Stephanie corley on Oct 12, 2016
      Urban dictionary:The term Polk Salad is a gentrified way of referring to poke sallet,

  • Chris Mcmanamon Chris Mcmanamon on Oct 12, 2016
    Not sure

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 12, 2016
    I truly believe that is pokeweed which from what I learned it is poisonus.

  • Janice Victoria Hart Janice Victoria Hart on Oct 12, 2016
    Phytolacca americana which this looks like being is very poisonous to humans, all plant parts are toxic except for birds and animals that are not mammalian.

  • S S on Oct 12, 2016
    Pokeweed, Phytolacca americana Most of it is poisonous. the youngest tender leaves are edible (in the south it's called Poke Salad or Poke Salat) Anyone remember the old Elvis song "Poke Salad Annie"??? Berries are edible by songbirds, but toxic to mammals. If you want to remove it, Get the whole root (it's very long) If you cut it at the ground, it will re-grow w/ multiple stems. Get rid of the berries before they reseed.

    • Christinewood49 Christinewood49 on Oct 13, 2016
      Thank You S I did happen to find information on this site and figured it was Pokeweed and is poisionus unless prepared with new leaves etc. I will pull up but first remove any berries. Thank You!

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 12, 2016
    please realize that new info states that plant as well as the berries are poisonus. I repeat what I previously posted. This is now and not then.

  • April Wolf April Wolf on Oct 12, 2016
    Almost made a pie from these. Glad I checked it out online. Poison

  • Udtnome101 Udtnome101 on Oct 13, 2016
    Elvis did Not sing that song!

    • S S on Oct 13, 2016
      YES he did! It was recorded live at Riverfront Coliseum. March 21, 1976, in Cincinnati, OH.

  • Ann Davis Ann Davis on Oct 13, 2016
    Looks more like Beautyberry to me but both are poisonous so do not eat berries. If poke salad (southern name) it will come up in spring and young leaves can be eaten you cook like fresh spinach DO NOT EAT BERRIES. Poke grows straight up. If it is Beautyberry to makes a shrub and is NOT killed by frost. In the picture the berries look like poke berries but leaves look like Beautyberry. Wait till frost and if it dies it is poke. If not, the viney shrub is really pretty on a fence and birds love the berries.

  • Linda Goodwin Williams Linda Goodwin Williams on Oct 16, 2016
    This is NOT beauty berry. Beauty berry is not poisonous and makes a lovely jelly. http://www.eattheweeds.com/beautyberry-jelly-...

  • Linda Goodwin Williams Linda Goodwin Williams on Oct 16, 2016
    The young leaves can be made into the above mentioned "poke salad" after boiling twice with fresh water replacement after the first boil. The berries can be used as a dye. http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problem...