Loc: Pinellas Park, Florida
Nope! Different leaf, for one. Different variety? They grow wild around here.
Quick Google image search does confirm the ID. I grew up in the sticks, so my brother and I always knew not to eat them. Before they turn deep purple, they are bright pink/red. Wild "fruit" that is brightly colored is not to be eaten.
Manual removal for common pokeweed control requires the gardener to dig deeply and get out the entire taproot. Pulling is not successful as it leaves behind roots that will regenerate. If you do nothing else, remove the fruits from the plant before they spread. The plant can produce up to 48,000 seeds, which remain viable in soil for 40 years. Birds seem unbothered by the berry toxicity and enjoy the fruit, planting seeds wherever they are excreted.
It is usually necessary to use chemicals to control pokeweed as the taproot is fleshy and extends deep into the soil. Chemicals to control pokeweed work best when the plant is young. Apply glyphosate directly to the leaves of the plant to kill it. This acts through the vascular system and while it takes a while to see results, eventually the chemical reaches the roots. Other chemicals to control pokeweed are dicamba. Use spot applications on plants as they occur in your garden.
Like Poison Ivy, the best eradication is achieved mid-to-late fall when the plant is drawing down the chlorophyll into the root for the winter. This will cause the poison to be be drawn down into the storage roots. Reapply is it re-sprouts in the spring if necessary.
Follow the manufacturer's *SAFETY* Instructions and mixing, application, and disposal directions carefully! This is called "an understood contract" that the user enters into upon purchase. If you mess up --- You Can't Hold the Company At Fault.
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