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emch

Gardening in mostly deep shade in Zone 6. My passion is adding more native plants to my landscape & clearing out the foreign invasives.

Phytolacca americana

  • Season Icon Mid SummerMid Summer 2021
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emch

This is a great year for Poke Salad! The plants were so gigantic I had to cut them back but there are still lots of berries for the birds to eat this winter... #midwesternnative

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sushiwaitress

Poke salad?? The berries are poisonous to humans, but are you saying the leaves are edible?

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emch

None of it is edible @sushiwaitress but apparently the word "salad" meant something completely different when Columbus landed...

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emch

@sushiwaitress I have apparently steered you wrong. Pokeweed IS edible if you boil the tender young leaves 3x, changing the water each time to remove the toxins. Apparently even then it's toxic enough to clear the roundworms from your intestines. A guy at Reddit posted that fact yesterday. Yum! 🤢

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  • Season Icon Mid SpringMid Spring 2021
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emch

Please do not poke the salad LOL #midwesternnative

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