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Please tell me I'm not nuturing a weed!

Sue & MuttonSue & Mutton Posts: 118



Hi,  any ideas what this is please?



  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,994

    It is a plant called Pokeweed, properly Phytolacca americana. The flowers are replaced by black berry like things which are toxic if eaten. I like the plant, but others don't. So a weed?  That depends on whether you like it, or want it.

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Pretty tho image
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,574

    I like it too.  It can self seed when happy but it's easy to pull up unwanted babies.  Birds love the seeds but they're no good for humans, pets or livestock.  I've never had any problems.

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  • Sue & MuttonSue & Mutton Posts: 118

    Thanks Berghill, I'll let it do it's thing then despatch it to the great compost bin in the sky - or force feed it to the wild rabbit that's eating everything in the garden except this.  Thanks again image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,255

    Those who are visiting here on the 19th July can expect to see lots of Pokeweed in the wilder parts of the garden, under the big shelter belts of Monterey Pine.  image

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  • Sue & MuttonSue & Mutton Posts: 118

    Thanks Edd

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