A cluster of delicate pink flowers on the inkberry (aka pokeberry) plant

Inkberry or Pokeberry, September’s Plant of the Month

This plant is distinguished its elongated clusters of light pink flowers, green berries and ripe fleshy blue-black berries all at the same time.

Inkberry or Pokeberry is a beautiful plant with a significant toxicity. However, if prepared correctly, the leaves are considered a delicacy in the rural United States with a caveat: always harvest in the spring when young, and NEVER EVER consume the berries!

Originally called “poke sallet” the name was changed to “polk salad” in a  1968 country/pop song by Tony Joe White called “Polk Salad Annie.”

I took all these photos in September, on a plant which had these delicate pink flowers on a pinky-green stalk.
Inkberry or Pokeberry, a beautiful plant with significant toxicityThe same plant also contained green berries forming on rich pink stalks…
Inkberry or Pokeberry, a beautiful plant with significant toxicityAlong with more developed green berries on hot pink stems…Inkberry or Pokeberry, a beautiful plant with significant toxicityAnd ripe blue-black berries on almost red stems, that look yummy but NEVER EVER eat them.Inkberry or Pokeberry, a beautiful plant with significant toxicityFrank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge for this week was ‘focus’. As I use only a point ‘n shoot camera I find capturing depth of field with one particular item in focus to be tricky – it really only works well on macros.

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