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QUESTION: What kind of Pepper plant is this?

comments (6) August 13th, 2011

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the peppers growing on the plantClick To Enlarge

the peppers growing on the plant

i had a mix pepper plant to years ago that was to be a variety of hot peppers it wasnt sucessful in growing anything and i cut it down somehow i must have gotten seeds in my daisy plants and now i have a unidentified pepper plant growing i need help to know what it is

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sanni2701 writes: PHytolacca americana, to my knowledge only used for dying fabric (or spoiling white t-shirts), poisionous and dispose immediately if there are children or pets around!
Posted: 8:24 pm on August 23rd
littlesara writes: It is indeed pokeweed. I usually allow one of the many volunteers the birds plant for us to survive as I like using the berries in flower arrangements. They have beautiful texture and a range of color throughout maturation. I do strip off the leaves. I just did an ikibana arrangemant using poke berries, echinacea magnus, and equisetum. It turned out very cool.
Posted: 9:15 am on August 22nd
suzyskye writes: lol...and in a more data specific light with less fear mongering...

pokeweed in its adult form is poisonous. but the young leaves and shoots (WHICH MUST BE BOILED THOROUGHLY AND RINSED BEFORE EATING, POUR OFF THE BOILING WATER INTO YOUR COMPOST, THE SOIL LOVES IT) have been eaten for THOUSANDS of years by the native, indigenous tribes safely and there is plenty of research out there upholding that this plant can cure some forms of cancer.
granted, if you only have a small garden space you may not want this one taking up your area or water...
but PLEASE STOP PASSING ALONG BUGUS INFO ABOUT PLANTS. destroying this is not necessary, nor is the dread of their presence...dig this one up and take it to some local field away from where young children would play...plant it there. it is an awesome plant for soil remediation and also birds and other wildlife DO eat it often in order to keep their systems free of parasites and diseases.
teach your children with knowledge...NOT with fear, it is the only way we will maintain a biodiverse planet for them to grow up and learn to steward instead of exploit.
Posted: 11:17 am on August 19th
sheepandwool writes: This is NOT a pepper plant. This is Pokeweed. Do not eat any part of this plant as it is poisonous.
Posted: 9:50 pm on August 16th
fairwxhog writes: Looks like what we here in da south call poke sallet. It can be posinous.
Posted: 3:43 pm on August 16th
Ruth writes: This looks a lot like pokeweed to me, and you need to pull it out while you still can. It has a deep tap root, so try to get it all. Once the plants get large, they're a lot more difficult to pull. What you see are berries, not peppers. Dispose of them, too, so they won't reseed.
Posted: 8:26 am on August 16th
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