Can anyone identify this plant? showed up all of a sudden.
Its rather beautiful but very vigorous and self seeds very easy.
American poke weed. Birds love the berries which means the seeds are scattered liberally all over the place. Easy enough to pull up when small or lift with a fork when a bit bigger.
Yet another example. Where are they all coming from?! Pokeweed everywhere!
Although I garden in the UK - the picture is actually taken in my parents garden in Belgium. Maybe things are not that bad yet on our side
It self seeds very easily though, removed about 10 new plants all about 1.5 ft high this weekend. Luckily very easily removed but had a proper taproot already the size of a small carrot.
Thanks for the info:)
DESTROY IMMEDIATELY !
Nor me Philippa. I
According to this site http://nadiasyard.com/our-native-plants/american-pokeweed/
"Pokeweed has its passionate defenders, implacable enemies, and some in between..."
Maybe I was too prompt to side with its "implacable enemies". Each to their own.
Interesting. Birds love them but for other animals they are poisonous. With occasional small children and two Tortoises running around in the garden I dont think it is safe that they stay.
the roots are the most poisonous but I'm not eating any of it.
It has quite a deep root but not a wandering one, a good levering with a shovel sorts out any you don't want.
Haha - Thats good to hear actually. Looking at how they attack/eat cherry tomatoes when you place one in front of them i wont risk it though