Botanical Name: Phytolacca americana
Height: Very tall.
Season of bloom: Late summer.
Growing Conditions: Sun or light shade. Warm, very well-drained soil.
Wildlife benefits: Many birds enjoy the late-season fruit.
From Ottawa Valley or eastern Ontario sources: No. This species occurs in the Ottawa Valley but our original seed was from Central Ontario.
Remarks: Seeds and roots are poisonous – let the birds enjoy the fruit. Fruit can be used to create a magenta dye.
Availability: Poke plants do not overwinter in pots and so they are never available in spring. Seedlings started in the spring are usually available in August.