What is this blue berried plant?
August 10, 2014 5:35 PM   Subscribe

Out of nowhere this plant grew from my lavender and is producing berries. Blue berries would be too good to be true. Although there is no way I would sample them, I would like to know if they are dangerous to the three dog terrors of the house! Oddly enough googling "blue berried plant" results in many blueberry plants. Photobucket (fail) stream Many thanks to Teh Metas!
posted by Bun Surnt to Home & Garden (8 answers total)
Looks like pokeweed. See also.
posted by kittydelsol at 5:43 PM on August 10, 2014

That appears to me to be a pokeweed. My husband hates them with the firey passion of a thousand suns as they selfseed all over the place and the berries stain my dogs purple. It is toxic be careful digging up the roots but I believe some people eat the young leaves and used to make medicines from the berries.
posted by wwax at 5:43 PM on August 10, 2014

That's pokeberry, aka poke salad/sallet. I have personally met people who eat both the berries and the (very young, boiled in a change of water) greens, but it is officially poisonous. Don't eat it or let your dogs eat it.
posted by pullayup at 5:43 PM on August 10, 2014 [2 favorites]

Looks like pokeweed.
posted by florencetnoa at 5:43 PM on August 10, 2014

Yup, pokeweed. Definitely do not eat the berries.
posted by Gneisskate at 6:13 PM on August 10, 2014

Definitely not blueberries.
posted by jeffamaphone at 6:33 PM on August 10, 2014

Thank you all! We will declare war on Teh Pokeweek!
posted by Bun Surnt at 6:59 PM on August 10, 2014

Yeah, good music, bad food. Get rid of it.
posted by trip and a half at 7:34 PM on August 10, 2014

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