What is this Plant?

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  1. Jul 19, 2010 #1

    1victorianfarmhouse

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    I'm trying to figure out what the red-stemmed plant in the picture is. I have a smaller one in my flower garden, probably planted by the previous owner, and the leaves are much greener. The ones in the picture are growing on the slope of a pile of landscaping rubble near Chicago, along with lots of coneflowers, poplar trees and willows.

    The red stems are not woody like most bushes or trees, the leaves are a dark green, the cone shaped flower pods have lots of small white flowers that become small, black berries. There don't seem to be a lot of roots, rather a large whitish main root that may connect several plants.

    I've searched for hours on the 'net with no luck. Any ideas are greatly appreciated!

    vince

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    Can you post a close-up shot; maybe the top half of the plant?

    You may also check your State or local agricultural extension. I asked my local extension about a bug last year and they were very helpful.
     
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    After hours of searching, I just found it.

    It is common pokeweed; Phytolacca Americana, which is a poisonous weed. Out of my yard it comes....

    Thanks!

    vince
     
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    Poisonous??

    To eat, to touch?
     
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    Fine Gardening magazine recently put a mystery plant identification feature on their website. You just upload your photo (or even multiple photos into one identification request) and type in your information.

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