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I can't identify this plant

imageI was given a seedling of this plant but I don't know what it is.  It grows and branches quickly and produces small white 'feathery flowers.  It's the developing seed pods that are dramatic- looking like a long cluster of ripening blackberries - going from green to purple then black.  It readily self seeds. Seems to prefer partial shade


  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,376

    Looks like American Pokeweed to me.

    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,518

    I agree Punkdoc image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • I've just googled Americam pokeweed but I don't think that's it - very similar but the pokeweed seedhead/ berries droop down and appear to be clusters of single berries - but the plant I've got has upstanding clusters and the berries look like clusters of blackberries

    thanks for your response

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    Indian Pokeweed (Phytolacca acinosa):

    Same stuff asAmerican Pokeweed.  Variable.

    Last edited: 11 September 2016 13:50:18

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  • Many thanks for this - I just found a full description of it on:-

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