Friday, September 01, 2006

Anonymous berries

Here's some more berries that are currently around Kingwood. The stems are a brilliant fuchsia, again, and the berries a deep blue. I don't know their name. Ah, a botanical research project!

Update: It is poke weed, or poke berry, offically named Phytolacca Americana L.

Native to the Eastern United States.
No wonder I didn't recognize it, being that I am a native of South Western United States!

Folk medicine use the root, leaves and bark. Eating just one berry a day will stave off arthritis aches, according to folk medicine pages. You just must be sure not to chew the poisonous seeds.

I'm going to keep on eye on this one, the leaves turn pink and scarlet in autumn, which in Houston means a week before Christmas.

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