Help with identification

Asked October 23, 2016, 11:59 PM EDT

Can you tell me what plant/berry is in the pictures below? I think it's elderberry, but not sure. Thank you!

Multnomah County Oregon plant identification pokeweed

1 Response

Thank you for attaching the excellent images of a weedy, unwanted plant which is becoming more and more numerous in our region. It is pokeweed, Phytolacca americana. It’s native to eastern US where it is often considered a major weed by farmers. It is toxic to people and animals but people can eat it if it is prepared properly. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytolacca_americana, also http://poisonousplants.ansci.cornell.edu/php/plants.php?action=faqs

Pokeweed has been used as an ornamental plant in gardens. Unfortunately, because birds eat the fleshy coated seeds, it can become weedy far from the parent plant.

If it is in your garden or landscape. you will be wise to remove it as soon as possible. Its large fleshy root may be a challenge to remove because, if pieces are left behind, it will grow again. It will be important to monitor the area so that you can also remove any regrowth.

See “Alien Plant Invader: Pokeweed” https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/462764?archive=2013-09