Pokeweed, Phytolacca americana L., native to eastern United States
- a dicot in the Phytolacaceae family -
Introduced to the Central Valley in the 1930's.
poke weed (or poke salad) is a toxic herb and has become a noxious species at the preserve in the last few years  Poke leaf photograpghed by Richard Webb.
Poke is a lush and fast growing herb with large leaves and colorful and toxic berries.
right - Leaves turn a brilliant magenta in the fall.

common in shady areas all summer
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