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Name: Traci Ziemer
Lake Wylie, South Carolina (Zone 7b)
tracinvic
Aug 21, 2016 9:22 AM CST
My daughter asked me just yesterday to come out to the back of our yard and look at this super pretty plant with purple stems/branches with super pretty hanging clusters of green, purple and white berries which appear to blossom into little white flowers. The leaves are fairly large long and pointed at the tip.
I was shocked to see this plant for the first time after living here for 5 years in the Carolinas. The area it is in is out in our semi wooded/forest which receives some morning sun.
It is a super pretty plant that has seemed to grow very rapidly and I am concerned that it may be invasive. Can anyone help me identify?!
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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Aug 21, 2016 9:26 AM CST
Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana)
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Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 21, 2016 9:28 AM CST
Welcome! to NGA

You found a Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana), a native plant that seems to be common all the way across the U.S.
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Aug 21, 2016 9:32 AM CST
We seem to have an unusually large number of Pokeweed ID request this year.

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Name: Traci Ziemer
Lake Wylie, South Carolina (Zone 7b)
tracinvic
Aug 21, 2016 9:37 AM CST
Thank you so much for your replies, I was thinking that was what it could possibly be after looking it up in my Southern Living Garden book, which called it a Joe-Pye Weed(Euonymus americanus) although the definition clearly stated that the stems were green and mine are definitely purple.
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Horntoad
Aug 21, 2016 9:51 AM CST
Joe Pye Weed and Euonymus americanus are not the same plant and look nothing alike. Joe Pye may look sort of like Pokeweed in form but does not produce berries like Pokeweed.

This is Euonymus americanus Strawberry Bush (Euonymus americanus)
This is Joe Pye Sweet Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum) there are actually several species of Joe Pye but they are all very similar.

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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 21, 2016 10:36 AM CST
Right, and do take note that all parts of the plant, Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) are highly toxic so don't let your kids try eating them!

Here's the link to the entry in our database (porkpal gave it up above, too). You'll see the pictures there look exactly like your plant, including the red/purple stems so it's neither Euonymous nor Joe Pye weed.

Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana)
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