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This plant started growing in my yard next to my Dahlia this Spring. I have no idea what it is, and assume the wind,  a bee, or a bird brought the seed which took root. It has broad leafy branches and these tiny little flowers grow on stalks.

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It’s quite bushy.

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Anyone know what it is?

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More to come…

UPDATE: Thank you so much Andy of  Christian Grandfather, Honoring Grandfather’s Blog for Identifying this plant as Pokeweed.

It’s not native to my area/region. I’m going to have yank it since it’s poisonous, and I have a toddler, and dog who will find its berries too tempting I fear.



  1. and I love your shot of it!!

  2. We ave these in our yard too. I’m never sure how half the stuff gets here, but if it blooms, we take a picture of it. These are great photos.

    • LOL! I’m the same about what’s blooming in my yard. It’s always neat to have new plants take root, but I want to know what they are all the while making images. Since this one is not “native” I think after this fall when it peaks I’ll yank it out. It’s already HUGE and nearly over-talking my Dahlia. Plus I’m having a challenge beyond belief keeping #1 Grandson out of the Lantana Berries. Imgaine Pokeweed Berries too for this kid who wants to learn hands on! One fall season with colorful berries is all I’m willingly to risk. L)

    • Thank you Dan! I’m the same way…if it blooms I take my camera out to take pictures. 🙂

  3. These are PokeBerries from the pokeweed plant. They start out like this and gradually turn a beautiful deep purple berry. Animals can eat them but they are poisonous to humans. Great to photograph too😊

    • Thanks Andy! That’s it! It’s native to the Eastern US and I’m on the West Coast! Yes, I just read it’s poisonous unfortunately. #1 Grandson is a toddler and still puts stuff in his mouth. I’m afraid I’ll have to yank it. I love that it attracts birds that I don’t get in my yard though.

      I wonder how it got here. Perhaps a migrating bird. 🙂

      • It probably got there by bird or wind. Lol. It’s amazing how wild plants acclimate to new environment. If you want them for your birds find something that can block the baby from them. I have a one year old granddaughter so I have to be careful too.

        • Andy, I’d like to see the plant, flowers through their whole life so, I asked He-Man to put Chicken Wire around so I can see it through its purple berry phase and photograph it. He’s not keen, but I think I’ve talked him into it. 🙂

  4. I have no idea…sort of resembles choke cherry but I wouldn’t think that would grow in your area.

    • You’re right Melissa. Choke Cherry isn’t in my Western Region Book of flowers and plants. Further study has me making a guess now…False-Lily-of-the-valley? I need to study the leaves more though. Thanks for the thought!

      • I’ll be interested to hear what you discover. I do love mysteries in the garden!

        • I’ll keep you posted. I don’t think the leaves are right for the False Lilyof-the-valley. Which is kind of a bummer as Lily of the Valley is my birth month’s flower.

          • Mine too! Does real Lily of the Valley grow for you? It runs a bit rampant here, I’m afraid but I won’t curtail it 🙂

            • I hardly see it here. 😦 Honestly I’ve never tried growing it myself.

            • I just looked up Lily of the Valley and see they’re really invasive if they thrive, and they’re poisonous too! Not good with toddlers and pets.

              What date is your birthday? Mine is the 12th.

            • Yes, it can be a pest. We share a birthday! How fun is that?

            • Awesome!

  5. It’s beautiful but no clue. Really intricate and lacy. 💛

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