Can You ID This Plant for Me, Please?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by speckledhen, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    They grow pretty tall, lots of them in groups, have stalks of tiny white flowers on them. Roots look like parsnips, but I don't know what they are. Root has a spicy scent.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  2. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

    5,930
    10
    251
    Jul 31, 2008
    if you get no response here take it into your local home and garden store they should be able to help.. or email the pics to your local office of what we call in canada Ministry of natural resources.. they will respond at least here they will because of the threat of invasive plants lately
     
  3. KristyHall

    KristyHall Overrun With Chickens

    5,047
    177
    288
    Jan 27, 2011
    North Alabama
    looks like poke weed to me, though it is paler than the poke weed ive seen. was it hard to dig up? does it have purple berries that stain when crushed?
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    No purple berries right now, just tiny white flowers starting up. Could be maybe too early for the berries? I do think it's probably pokeweed, by looking at some pictures. I take it the berries are poisonous?
     
  5. KristyHall

    KristyHall Overrun With Chickens

    5,047
    177
    288
    Jan 27, 2011
    North Alabama
    Quote:yes. the entire thing is poisonous. You can eat the young leaves of young shoots but they have to be steeped, drained steeped, drained again then boiled to render them safe.

    here in north alabama, pokeweed is such an important source of cooked greens that we even have pokeweed festivals
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I seem to recall the berries, just aren't any on the plants right now. My chickens have eaten the leaves on occasion, I know.

    To answer a question I skipped over earlier, the plant is easy to pull up when smaller, but when the stalks are very thick and the plant is as tall as I am, it's almost impossible to pull out of the ground.


    I remember that song "Poke Salad Annie", LOL.
     
  7. gamebirdboy

    gamebirdboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    794
    0
    119
    Apr 29, 2011
    East Tennessee
    Looks like poke to me, I have huge stalks in my blueberries, every week I see another and have to dig it up.[​IMG]
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Thanks, all. I knew you folks would know what it was. I pulled up a pokeweed jungle this afternoon.
     
  9. KristyHall

    KristyHall Overrun With Chickens

    5,047
    177
    288
    Jan 27, 2011
    North Alabama
    Quote:yes you better pull it up while you can, otehr wise the darn things take over. I am forever yanking them out of my garden
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by