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Asked June 24, 2020, 4:07 PM EDT

Is this Japanese Knotweed?

Oakland County Michigan

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Thankfully this is not Japanese knotweed; it is common pokeweed. Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) is a native herbaceous perennial weed that regrows each year from a large taproot. It reproduces via seeds within purple to black berries produced in the late summer/early fall and can be spread by birds and other animals. All parts of pokeweed are toxic to humans if consumed.