Can you tell me what type of plant this is? Can humans eat berries? Plant has...

Asked October 20, 2014, 9:22 PM EDT

Can you tell me what type of plant this is? Can humans eat berries? Plant has a very dark purple juice that stains when smashed. Thank you Ron

Howard County Maryland weeds plant identification pokeweed

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This is a very common weed in Maryland called Pokeweed. Don't eat the berries or any plant parts as they are poisonous to humans. Birds love them however, and that is likely how it came to your yard. The are perennials and will return each year unless they and their increasingly thick taproot is either dug out or treated with an herbicide containing glyphosate.
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