General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Plant Height: 2 to 6 feet or more
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Small, succulent globose berries, green maturing to purplish-black; each containing 6 to 8 hard, shiny seeds
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Red
Other: White to pale green, maturing to reddish-purple
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Other: All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested and sap from the stems may cause contact dermatitis in some individuals.

Common names
  • Inkweed
  • Red Ink Plant

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