Day 272: American pokeweed

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


I’m always a bit envious of gardens that have made room from American pokeweed (Phytolacca americana). It’s a great brute of a thing, six to eight feet high with thick green stems blushing to a kind of neon pink, and long flower heads which eventually bear berries which ripen into intricate, fat black buttons. Probably the last thing I need in the garden is a giant, poisonous weed from the other side of the pond, but every time I see it, a little spark of longing ignites inside – somewhere around the solar plexus, which is how you know it’s serious. This is how plants get us – mild interest becomes curiosity, curiosity becomes longing, longing ferments into lust and before you know it you’re digging up the lawn to make a new flowerbed. It’s only a matter of time. 

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Hello! I’m Andrew, gardener, blogger, podcaster, and owner of a too-loud laugh, and I’m so pleased you’ve found your way to Gardens, weeds & words. You can read a more in-depth profile of me on the About page, or by clicking the image above.