Phytolacca americana L.
Common Name: POKEWEED, POKE
Coefficient of Conservatism: 2
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Nt P-Forb

A native species of somewhat disturbed soils: borders of forests and fields, roadsides, disturbed forests, fencerows, barnyards and edges of gardens, usually in fairly rich soils.

This is a large bushy herb, sometimes as much as 3 m tall, and produces copious large racemes of attractive purple-black berries. The large perennial root is poisonous, but was of reputed medicinal value in early days.

Locations

Allegan County
Antrim County
Barry County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Branch County
Calhoun County
Cass County
Clinton County
Eaton County
Genesee County
Grand Traverse County
Hillsdale County
Ingham County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kent County
Leelanau County
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Manistee County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Monroe County
Montcalm County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Oceana County
Ottawa County
Saginaw County
Shiawassee County
St. Joseph County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County
Wexford County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 13, 2017. http://www.michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=1915.