Phytolacca americana

Common Pokeweed


American-Pokeweed, Inkberry, Pokeberry

ID Characteristics

Life cycle: Perennial
Growth Habit: Erect
Propagation: Seed
Leaf Margin: Smooth, entire
Leaf Hairs: Absent
Leaf Structure: Egg-shaped, pointed at apex
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Root Type: Large taproot
Flower Color: Whitish pink


Similar Species

  • Cottonwood, Common Hibiscus tilliaceus
  • Knotweed, Japanese Polygonum cuspidatum
  • Dogbane Apocynum cannabinum
  • Milkweed Asclepia syriaca

Herbicidal Control Options

  • Preemergence: Isoxaben, Mesotrione
  • Post Emergence: 2, 4-D, Bromoxynil, Dicamba, Foramsulfuron, Halosulfuron, Mesotrione

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