Pokeweed Roots

Asked October 17, 2020, 11:27 AM EDT

I had pokeweed grow in my front yard but when I dug it up it had unusually large roots. They were bigger than a large potato, which is really big for pokeweed. I looked for pictures of pokeweed Roots online and couldn't find anything, and in the picture below I had accidentally cut part of it off with a shovel.

Hood River County Oregon

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Yeah, sorry I didn't realize I forgot to ask a question. I was wondering what caused this pokeweed root to be bigger than other pokeweed.

According to the following article, a pokeweed taproot can be over a foot long, and 4 inches thick: https://extension.psu.edu/common-pokeweed-identification-and-management

Roots often able to grow larger because the soil is not compacted. Hope this is helpful.

Ok, thank you.