| Pokeroot |
| Phytolacca americana|
| Uses: Culinary/Medicinal/Poisonous!
|| Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 5-9) |
| When to Sow: Spring/Late Summer/Early Fall
|| Ease of Germination: Easy |
Pleasant early spring potherb tasting like asparagus. Young unfolded leaves (older leaves are poisonous) are boiled. Powdered roots were used in a poultice by early settlers to treat cancerous ulcers. Used to treat rheumatism, arthritis and respiratory infections.