Our mailbox is the old fashioned kind. No community locked boxes. It’s out at the end of the driveway under a telephone/electric pole. Up at the top of that pole many different birds perch, eat, nest, and do their business. As a result, many different varieties of plants sprout as volunteers. Palm trees are the number one offender that get yanked out whenever I see them. Mulberry and pecan trees have also taken root only to be removed. Even peppers have been brought to this spot by my avian friends.A bushy type plant sprouted this summer and I’ve been letting it develop because I really don’t know it’s identification. Anyone have an idea? Here’s some clues:The berries form in clusters. They start out green on pink stems. As they develop they turn dark purple. A smashed berry stains the concrete below.Almond shaped leaves are abundant on this shrub.What the heck do I have here? Blueberries? And what should I do with whatever it is?
This just in: The mystery plant has been identified as Pokeweed. It turns out that Pokeweed is extremely dangerous/poisonous. I went out and yanked it from this good Earth and tossed it in the green waste to be picked up tomorrow.
And now I can’t get the song Poke Salad Annie out of my head. Thanks for the ID everyone.
Who knew this mystery plant/weed could lead to so much entertainment.