Poke, Phytolacca

    Up close with Pokeberry. Poke is a toxic plant whose root is used in drop dosage by experienced herbalists as a lymphatic stimulant. It’s a pretty common native weedy plant that is showy and large with reddish stems. The white flowers are arranged as a what’s termed a raceme that then ripens from green to purple […]

    Up close with Pokeberry. Poke is a toxic plant whose root is used in drop dosage by experienced herbalists as a lymphatic stimulant. It’s a pretty common native weedy plant that is showy and large with reddish stems. The white flowers are arranged as a what’s termed a raceme that then ripens from green to purple berries. You can see here how as the raceme develops, the fruits ripen from the bottom of the arrangement upwards so the last to ripen are on top. The berries like the rest of the plant have been found to cause respiratory paralysis and death if improperly used. I have used the flowers as an essence for transforming negative emotions. I am now working on making a dye from the berries. Look for them in central texas in forested areas. In the fall and winter they really stick out and are easy to identify. As the rest of the forest loses its leaves, poke and it’s berries stand out in stark contrast. ‪#‎poke‬‪#‎wildflowerherbschool‬ ‪#‎pokeberry‬ ‪#‎medicinalplantsoftexas‬