Bohort : Et c'était quoi comme champignons au fait ?
Perceval : J'sais pas j'y connais rien en champignons !
Karadoc : Ah ils étaient beaux !
Perceval : Ah oui, vous auriez vu ces couleurs... Rouge vif tout tacheté !
Arthur : Ah des torches pareilles on devrait les mettre sous verre hein !
Poke Berries on Phytolacca Americana, Pokeweed, Poke Salad .
Native plant and such a valuable asset to every habitat. Second pic is blooms .
Essential for my favorite birds: Cardinals, Catbirds, Mockingbirds, Thrashers and more.
For some birds poke berries are 1/10 of their entire diet!
Hosts several butterflies and moths.
Poisonous to mammals.
But every late summer afternoon around 4pm my flock of Cardinals and other birds come to the garden for poke berries and other snacks.
You can dye cloth with it and The declaration was written using ink made from poke berries along with other historic documents.
They can be deadly to humans or other mammals because of the poisons that get more concentrated as the plants get older and the berries are always poisonous and sometimes deadly.
You do not want these in forage fields or where kids or animals are not smart enough to know not to eat them.... But for wildlife and as a host plant for butterflies. (I have not tried and do not recommend... but the young leaves are sometimes eaten, I was always told to rinse 3x and dump the boiling water out 3x and put in clean water.... )
I adore the purple red stems and the blooms and berries and the way the birds come like clockwork in the late summers to feast on the beautiful berries💜
but Always wear gloves and wash up if you get the sap on your skin, it can cause irritation. This particular plant is only 6ft but several others are easily twice that. 💜