Unknown Red Plant

1:00 a.m. on March 18, 2010 (EDT)
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Unknown Red Plant

10:25 a.m. on March 18, 2010 (EDT)
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I think it called poke berry,they make wine out of it ...good stuff;if it is what I think it is (-;

4:45 a.m. on March 20, 2010 (EDT)
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Yeah, pokewed, Phytolacca americana. Might want to be careful about the wine though -- from Wikipedia:

"All parts of pokeweed are toxic including the raw aboveground leaves sprouting in the early spring. The poisonous principles are found in highest concentrations in the rootstock, less in the mature leaves and stems, and least in the fruits. (Green fruits are slightly more toxic) Young leaves, if collected before acquiring a red color, are edible if boiled for 5 minutes, rinsed, and reboiled. Berries are toxic when raw but cooked juice is edible (the seeds remain toxic after cooking). However, it may be difficult to identify exactly when leaves have no red color whatsoever; an incorrect picking may result in a poisoning."

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