Took this photo at the edge of my woods. Click for larger. The red poke stalks and puple berries were pretty awesome next to the wild lavender blue phlox. I don’t know how well you can see the poke berries in the full size image, but they are there. Poke weed is said to be poisonous, but I’ve eaten so much of it, both as a child and adult, that I wonder just how much you’d have to eat for it to harm you. My Mom even canned the stuff in big jars and we ate it like spinach. Good stuff, and even better scrambled with eggs. But they say it’s poisonous, so you’d be better off not eating it if you never have before.
Image copyright 2008 Elizabeth Melton Parsons