About a minute away from me eating the most poisonous part of a most poisonous plant, we figured out that our site is apparently home to another species of nightshade, “American” Nightshade, or “Pokeweed”. Just like the other nightshade we have, the stems are pretty identifiable – they’re a bright pink. The berries are dark purple to black in color, and hang in bunches like not-fun grapes.
It doesn’t look like this is quite as toxic as its brother, but it is advised to never eat the roots (the very part I was about to munch on), and to keep away from any other parts of the plant, unless you really feel like having some muscle spasms, convulsions, seizures, nausea, and diarrhea with a trip to the ER.
Fun Fact, though: it is believed that the Declaration of Independence was signed in Pokeweed Ink. Pokeweed fades to brown after some time, but LOL at the idea that the DI was originally signed in pink.
We pulled out a biggin’, but because pokeweed is food to some of our creature friends and not invading the site, we might let them hang around with some warning signage for the human folk.
Don’t eat the black berries unless, of course, they’re blackberries.