Botanical name: Phytolacca americana
Synonym: Phytolacca decandra
Common name: American Pokeweed, Virginia poke, American nightshade, cancer jalap, coakum, garget, inkberry, pigeon berry, pocan, pokeroot, pokeweed, pokeberry, redweed, scoke, red ink plant
Native to: eastern North America, the Midwest, Gulf Coast
Life cycle: perennial
Flower colour: green-pale pink
Flower time (Central / West-Europe): July to September
Characteristics and usage: medicinal & poison plant, ornamental, leaves and stems can be eaten cooked.
Weight of 1000 seeds: -
Seeds per gram: -
Cultivation / direction of sowing: sow seed at 18-22ºC (64-72ºF) for 2-4 weeks, move to -4 to +4ºC (24-39ºF) for 4-6 weeks, move to 5-12ºC (41-53ºF) for germination. American Pokeweed likes a full sunny or half sunny position.