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IPM1007, Revised November 2009

Practical Weed Science for the Field Scout: Corn and Soybean

Pokeweed, common (Phytolacca americana)

Perennial broadleaf

Pokeweed Pokeweed
Pokeweed

A large, 3 to 10 feet tall perennial with thick, reddish-purple branched stems and dark purple to black berries. All parts of the plant are poisonous to cattle, horses, swine and humans, especially the roots. Leaves are alternate, up to 12 inches long and 4 inches wide, egg-shaped, petiolated, and without hairs. Plants persist from a large white taproot that may reach up to 6 inches in diameter. Seedlings have cotyledons that are long and pointed. Stems below the cotyledons are often succulent and purplish in color.
 

IPM1007, revised November 2009

Wild thing
 

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