PHYTOLACCA americana

Commonly known as American pokeweed

Upright growing perennial with white to pink flowers and then striking blackish, maroon berries which are highly toxic to humans but readily eaten by birds
Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
    Ovate to lance-shaped leaves 25-30cm (6-12in) long
  • White
    White to pink
  • Height
    To 4m (13ft)
  • Spread
    1m (39in)
  • Herbaceous
    Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.
    Erect, unpleasant-smelling perennial with branching, red-marked stems and fleshy roots. Small flowers are followed by blackish maroon berries
  • Very hardy
    Hardy in the severest continental climates including exposed upland locations in the UK. Plant can withstand temperatures < -20 (-4°F)
  • Full sun

PHYTOLACCA americana

Available Early Spring 2023 - Spring according to the Met office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore early spring is early March to mid-April. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
individually £13.50 each , 3+ £11.00 each 
Delivery Information Available Early Spring 2023
plant size comparison icon 1.5 to 2 Litre
  • Additional Features
    These plants have berries.
    Good to know
    Berries are TOXIC
    Pests & Diseases
    Can be a carrier of several viruses, such as yellows, mosaic and ringspot
    Place of origin
    Eastern North America to Mexico
  • Flower Shape
    To 20cm (8in) long, elongating to 30cm (12in), sometimes becoming pendent
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf Colour (if not green)
    Purple-tinged in autumn
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile well drained soil
    Moderately fertile
  • Toxic - Category B - CAUTION
    Toxic if eaten
    (People & Pets)
  • Wildlife
    Rabbit Resistant
to 4m (13ft)
Herbaceous - guide for size not form Average Person
  1m (39in)

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