Pokeweed

Phytolacca americana

Native to USA

State distribution (USDA): AL, AR, AZ, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH , OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV 

Herbaceous perennial ranging from 5 to 10 feet in height, Pokeweed blooms small white flowers from July to September. While the flowers will attract insects, which will in turn attract insectivorous birds, Pokeweed’s most alluring feature when it comes to birds are its deep purple berries, which appear about a month after the flowers bloom. The berries are widely eaten by a number of species and are particular favorite of the American Robin and Eastern Bluebird.

Birds Most Commonly Associated with Pokeweed

           American Robin     Brown Thrasher     Cedar Waxwing     Eastern Bluebird     Gray Catbird     Hermit Thrush     Insectivorous Birds      Mourning Dove                     Northern Cardinal     Northern Mockingbird     Red-Bellied Woodpecker     Rose-Breasted Grosbeak