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Maryland
Seesaw
Jun 1, 2020 4:34 PM CST
I just moved into my maryland home late March and all sorts of wonderful plants have sprouted. I found this very large (weed?) in the garden and I'm curious what it may be. The property is well manicured and this just seemed out of place in the blackberry patch.
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Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Growing under artificial light Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
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BigBill
Jun 1, 2020 4:37 PM CST
Looks to me like Pokeweed.
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Maryland
Seesaw
Jun 1, 2020 4:42 PM CST
I think you're right. It looks like a young pokeweed. I just read it's poisonous to human and pets so I guess be ripping that up today before my dog gets the chance to get into it.

Thanks for the help!
Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
American Orchid Society Judge
Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Growing under artificial light Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Cat Lover Birds Bee Lover
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BigBill
Jun 1, 2020 5:08 PM CST
Mildly so, for humans at least. With pets, you can never be too cautious.

It enjoys a long history, pokeweed. It's berries have been used to dye materials in clothing. It is a bright magenta. It has been used to add some color to home made wines.
Pokeweed arises from a yam like tuber which gets larger with every season. It's berries are consumed by a large number of native songbirds most notably catbirds, mockingbirds and thrushes including the Robin. Truely a remarkable plant!
Rodney Wilcox Jones, my idol!
Businessman, Orchid grower, hybridizer, lived to 107!
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Maryland
Seesaw
Jun 1, 2020 5:38 PM CST
Thank you so much! I really appreciate your help :)
Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
American Orchid Society Judge
Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Growing under artificial light Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Cat Lover Birds Bee Lover
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BigBill
Jun 1, 2020 6:06 PM CST
My pleasure
Rodney Wilcox Jones, my idol!
Businessman, Orchid grower, hybridizer, lived to 107!

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