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Plant Spotlight: Coneflowers
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
From The Weed Detective
Tall with lovely purplish-red stems, large showy leaves and grape-cluster-like deep purple berries appearing after a pretty spray of white flowers. It can grow 6 – 10 feet tall and support small birds. What’s not to love? Pulling it out by the wheelbarrow full! That’s what!
This month’s weed is Pokeweed, also known as Pokeberry, (Phytolacca americana) is a perennial native plant that grows…well, almost anywhere! The plant is hazardous to livestock and all parts of the plant are considered toxic. The berries are particularly poisonous to humans so if you have pokeweed and small children that play in the area, be sure to keep the 2 apart! Some people consider pokeweed edible and eat poke salad in the spring after boiling the leaves, but I definitely don’t recommend it; the risk is too high.
Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana)
Eradicating pokeweed is as easy as pulling it out, provided the soil is soft. For an older perennial plant with a larger root, digging may be required. The stems of pokeweed are hollow so control may be gained by cutting off the plant and pouring vinegar, salt, baking soda or weed killer into the hollow stem. As a temporary measure to reduce the spread, simply cut the flowers off before it goes to seed. Birds love the seeds and spread them liberally. Seed is viable in the soil for 40 years so this is another reason to cut off the blossoms before the seeds are produced. Wear old clothes and gardening gloves when handling pokeweed; some people are sensitive to toxins in the foliage. And, if the berries are present, you will end up with purple hands and purple-polka dotted clothing.