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Poke Root

Culinary & Medicinal Herb Seeds

We carry a diverse variety of herb seeds, including culinary herbs, medicinals, ethnobotanicals, native plants of the PNW, and nectar and pollen rich flowers attractive to bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. All varieties are open pollinated, we do not sell hybrid seeds. Average seed life is 3 years. Please allow 1-2 weeks for shipping.

Poke Root

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Poke Root

3.75

(Phytolacca americana)

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Common Names
Poke Root, Poke, American Pokeweed, Pokeweed

Botanical Name
Phytolacca americana

Plant Family
Phytolaccaceae (Pokeweed Family)

Life Cycle
Perennial

Native Range
Eastern Canada and US

Hardiness Zone
5-9

Height/Spread
Large clump forming perennial that can grow from 5-8ft tall in height. Very ornamental looking flowers and berries. 

Sun/Soil
Part shade to full sun, regular garden soil. 

Germination/Sowing
The seeds germinate best when sown in fall or early spring, either outside in flats or directly in place. 

Growing/Care 
Poke Root is a large and vigorous plant with stately appeal. It needs regular moisture to really thrive but will tolerate many different growing conditions. It will self-seed occasionally. 

Harvesting
Poke Root can be harvested in the fall of the second or third year and the crown re-planted.

Culinary Uses
None known. Considered toxic for humans, the berries are a good food source for song birds.

Medicinal Uses
Used medicinally as a purgative, an emetic, a heart stimulant and to treat cancer. All plant parts are toxic to a certain degree and should not be taken internally unless properly prepared.

Themes
Apothecary Garden, Deer Resistant, Container Garden.