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Jun 1, 2020 4:34 PM CST
Maryland
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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Jun 1, 2020 4:37 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Looks to me like Pokeweed.
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Jun 1, 2020 4:42 PM CST
Maryland
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!
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Jun 1, 2020 5:08 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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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!
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Jun 1, 2020 5:38 PM CST
Maryland
Thank you so much! I really appreciate your help Smiling
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Jun 1, 2020 6:06 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
GROW ORCHIDS!!!
Bee Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Region: Michigan Hostas Growing under artificial light
Echinacea Critters Allowed Cat Lover Butterflies Birds Region: United States of America
My pleasure
Orchid lecturer, teacher and judge. Retired Wildlife Biologist. Supervisor of a nature preserve up until I retired.
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