|Notice the purple stems|
Specimen #75 Pokeweed
Phytolacca americana L.
AKA any of the following (I'm sure there are other aliases)
- American pokeweed
- common pokeweed
photo by me at a delightful county park
|Note the berries on racemes|
Pokeweed might be better called pokeberry, because each berry has a dent in it, as if someone poked it. (Wildman Steve Brill words it better at this webpage.)
The naturalist who led our nature hike (that's her in the yellow shirt) rated this plant as "OK." As in, she didn't feel strongly enough against its presence to pull it out, but didn't feel quite right about it in a wooded area. As a native plant, it can be invasive, weedy, or welcome.