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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