The Pokeberry weed, or Pokeweed berries begin to ripen in August and September, and it's at it's most colourful now, in greater or lesser stages of development, even on the same plant. It attracts many birds and insects to its berries, and although every part of the Pokeberry is poisonous to humans, birds and insects are imune to the poison, and some small animals, such as rats and mice are unaffected by it's toxins.
The Pokeberry Phytolacca americana.
The Pokeberry can reach a height of 20 feet, or more,.....
the juice of the red berries has been employed as an ink, and dye,...
and the Pokeberries, have long been thought to have medicinal value. At one time it was used to treat boils and acne,...
and Pokeweed leaves and roots have been used in folk medicine for centuries, for the treatment of chronic rheumatism.
Today, Pokeweed is being researched as a possible treatment for cancer.
The Echium candicans (pride of Madeira) in bud form.
Mine are about seven year old, but the soft wood cuttings I took are doing well.
The showy flower spikes of this evergreen plant are a beautiful blue colour. It covers a large area, so you will need to plant it in a sunny spot with lots of space. It is drought resistant. Each plant can have as many as twenty or more blooms.