Fast growing plant in woods

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Date Photo Taken: 06/01/2014
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posted By: smisa


Every year this plant comes up all in the woods, and sometimes in the sunny garden. The stem can be very thick and sometime red as shown and the root is bulb like When I pull them up the stem breaks easily and the I get a rash if any liquid gets on my arm. If anyone knows what it is please help. Thanks


  1. parityanimal Flower Fanatic says:

    Pokeweed. It’s fine in the woods, but you don’t want it in your gardens. It is very invasive. The young leaves can be boiled and eaten as greens, though there is some disagreement on how that should be done, or if it should be done at all as there is a mild toxicity that needs to be boiled out…

    July 2nd, 2014 at 8:46 am
  2. Jim Unregistered says:

    The young (light green) leaves should be “parboiled” (boiled for 10 minutes, then drained to remove the toxic principle), then cooked like normal greens with new water. As delicious as spinach or mustard greens – like them, season as desired.

    July 2nd, 2014 at 1:30 pm
  3. jake12121212 Flower Fanatic says:

    Also known as Poke Berry. Someday you will find these in Ornamental Catalogs , as they are quite pretty in late summer. I knew several old people who made pies with the very bland berries. I don’t know what they did with the seeds which are said to be poisonous.

    July 9th, 2014 at 10:30 pm

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