Other names: American pokeweed, pokeberry, inkberry, pigeonberry
Life cycle: Perennial
Found in: From Maine to Iowa and Kansas and south to Florida, Texas and Arizona.
General description: Treelike plant with thick reddish-purple stems, egg-shaped leaves and dark purple berries, that grows 3 feet to 10 feet tall.
Seedlings: Cotyledons are pale green and egg-shaped but pointed at the tip. Hypocotyls are
hairless and usually tinged with purple.
True leaves: Egg-shaped, hairless, alternate and can reach up to 12" long, growing smaller toward the top of the plant.
Flowers and fruit: Flowers are small and white or pink. Fruit is a dark purple berry.
Special note: Pokeweed is poisonous to livestock and humans.