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  1. #1
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    Default What are these?

    I occasionally get packets of "Bee Feed" seeds in the mail. I broadcast several of them in the corner of my lot. These are interesting. I have no idea what they are.

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    Default Re: What are these?

    I'd go with pokeweed. Never seen the bees working it but the mature berries played the devil on a white t-shirt when I was growing up
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    Default Re: What are these?

    Darn. More staining berries. Everywhere a bird poops in my yard a mulberry tree pops up.

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    Default Re: What are these?

    The bush honey suckle isn't a picnic either, anywhere with a bird and beam of light seems to start one.
    “The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” -George Bernard Shaw

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    Default Re: What are these?

    Looks like what we call poke salad in Georgia. (Poke is another term for sack or bag. Poor folks used to gather the leaves of this plant and put them in a poke. They would take the leaves home and boil them to eat.)

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    Agree, It's poke. I get it everywhere that I let grow wild. Nothing eats the berries, not even my stupid chickens.

    I have read the and the leaves are poison if not boiled.

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    Default Re: What are these?

    Yep, pokeweed. Very hard to kill. It produces a massive root knot that has to dug up to get rid of it. The fresh new leaves are edible after boiling in water with several water changes to leech out the toxins. Plants can easily reach 7 feet when mature. Dig em up and burn them or you will have them popping up everywhere.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Default Re: What are these?

    I heard once that the berries are the remedy for the poison ivy rash.

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    Pokeweed, that berries are a remedy for light colored shirts. Dig em out!

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