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Natural Highlights: Pokeweed

  American Pokeweed

A ubiquitous aggressive plant sometimes used as an ornamental,  Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) is a study in contrasts – edible young plants become highly toxic with maturity,  birds gobble up the abundant berries which are especially dangerous for young children and pets, and its chemical compounds are being studied for both anti-cancer properties and for use in solar panels.  Pokeweed has been utilized for thousands of years by Native Americans, colonists, pioneers, and country folk for food, dye, ink, and medicine, and it is still celebrated at the Poke Sallet Festival in Harlan, Kentucky each year.

Follow the links below for two very interesting articles on Pokeweed:

http://nadiasyard.com/our-native-plants/american-pokeweed/

http://www.labspaces.net/103364/Purple_Pokeberries_Hold_Secret_to_Affordable_Solar_Power_Worldwide

 

Posted by Cathy Justis at 3:49 PM

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