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bookbook Sat 27-Aug-16 21:34:55

I hope someone knows what this is? I admit I don't. Its not in my garden. Its about 3 ft high, comes back every year in this persons garden .
Its going to be something really obvious, isn't it ?

bookbook Sun 28-Aug-16 13:08:38

Seems we have found it.
Just in case anyone is interested .
Its pokeweed -Phytolacca americana

shovetheholly Sun 28-Aug-16 16:43:23

What an amazing looking thing!!

DoreenLethal Sun 28-Aug-16 16:47:06

We have some in our garden and when we were in France they had loads growing wild all over the place.

DoreenLethal Sun 28-Aug-16 16:47:34

Non edible though so please don't try the berries! [As if you would...just in case...]

bookbook Sun 28-Aug-16 17:06:25

It is a bit alien looking, isn't it. This is the close up of the berries. Read up that its quite poisonous , but birds love the berries - Is it invasive Doreen ?

shovetheholly Sun 28-Aug-16 17:13:18

They look like tiny miniature blackcurrant jellies on a stick!

I read that the young leaves and shoots can be eaten but the old ones are poisonous. Eek! Not sure I'd be a willing guinea pig to test 'how old is too old' grin

bookbook Sun 28-Aug-16 17:27:36

Did you not recognise it either shove - I was clueless! It wasn't in my RHS guide as a picture, only as a description, so it wasn't until someone else piped up that I found it .
It seems they do eat it in America - but no not for me either- those berries look a bit too enticing for children I think for me to have any in my garden

shovetheholly Wed 31-Aug-16 07:44:10

No, I didn't recognise it at all!! I love it when there is a thread that introduces me to a new plant - and my knowledge is hardly encyclopaedic, so this happens a lot! smile

DoreenLethal Wed 31-Aug-16 07:59:24

No not invasive; ours has been there for about 5 years and the plant is bigger [it dies back each year] but no new plants or runners or seedlings at all.

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