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Looking for info on mystery plant...

We've been in our home for about 3 1/2 yrs now and 2 yrs ago a mystery plant popped up in the front yard...it's there again. Now this summer, we've had the same plant pop up in the backyard against the wall...it grows FAST! It reached all the way up to the gutters!! It's leaves at the base are huge-reminds us of banana leaves...they get a little smaller as it goes up the plant. At the top, it sprouts these long shoots that have a lot of tiny white flowers that bloom. After about a month, the flowers drop off and in come these dark blue colored berries the size of grapes! And boy do they stain-Everything!!! I can't post a pick here, so I've tried to describe them as best I can. We have no idea if the berries are poison or what. Does anyone have any idea what this plant is??? Thanks much!! :-)

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blessed33

Asked by blessed33 at 5:47 AM on Jul. 7, 2010 in Home & Garden

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Answers (5)
  • poke weed?

    samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 7:10 AM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • Where do you live?
    samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 7:10 AM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • Common pokeweed. We get that stuff all over around here. The birds eat the berries and then poop purple. It's poisonous to humans and livestock, but no big deal to remove. The seeds can survive for 40 years, so it can be a bitch to get rid of completely, but you can just pull it. Try to get as much root as possible, but it gets a deep taproot, so it can be difficult to eradicate if you don't keep on top of it.
    SWasson

    Answer by SWasson at 7:23 AM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • Sounds like pokeweed to me.
    twinsplus2more

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 8:18 AM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • o boy i agree that it's a pokeweed. i have had success digging it out (like swasson said it has a long root). gl!
    princessbeth79

    Answer by princessbeth79 at 9:35 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

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