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Danger with Pokeweed ( if you have children or grandchildren please read )

Pokeweed is toxic, did you know if a horse

eats pokeweed it will die...Well then you can only imagine what would happen if a

human eats it.

 

I had the unfortunate event occur in my family, my 4 year old son ate pokeweed.

He then had to spend the next 48 hours in the hospital, under supervision, for possible seizures, convulsions, spikes in blood pressure, and his blood pressure dangerously lowering. Happy to say he is now fine, but the danger of pokeweed among children is something that needs to be taken seriously.

 

Pokeweed is green when it grows, it gets reddish purple the more it nears fall. When the berries go from green, to purple, and when leaves are more purple, and berries are purple, that is when it is most toxic.

 

My son ate the leaves, thankfully he didnt eat the berries, they will cause severe vommiting, which he suffered, he puked, 37 times in 8 hours. He had to be hooked up to iv to hydrate. The toxins are still in the body even if they puke up leaves or berries.

 

Ironically birds love pokeweed and obviously it is not poisonious to them.This is how pokeweed is so abundant, for if you have ever seen bird poop, and it is purple in color, thank pokeweed for that.

When the birds eat pokeweed and poop in your yard, they pass the pokeweed seeds through there poopy and it will start growing in your yard.

 

There are tales of people eating this after boiling 6 times, there are even festivals, the assumption is they eat it while it is green. However, there was such a case a poison control worker told me of, where a man ate pokeweed as a salad and died. He boiled the leaves once, and basically, his heart stopped and toxins shut down his kidneys and liver.

 

Kids will eat what tastes good, my son told us Pokeweed tasted good, he ate 3 leaves, at least what we could tell from his puke, he is only 4, and he slept alot, he was out of it, and pale in color, luckily he ended up being fine, the problem with toxins in our bodies, is the surges they can give, which can cause drastic and harmful effects to us, especially children.

 

So be careful, and heed my words, if you got pokeweed, I would suggest cutting it down at the roots, which by the way, pokeweed roots get to be the size of bowling balls....

 

Thanks Devilwoman

 

Here are some other pictures of pokeweed

Notice the green berry, they go from green to purpleish red, this is when it is higher in

toxicity, the purple... same goes for the leaves...

Pokeweed first flowering

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Comment by SullenGirl on October 16, 2011 at 10:00
Thank you so much for sharing this.  While I have explained this danger to my children, I am grateful for your pictures.  I have not taken the time to show it to them although I have attempted to explain it to them.  Going to show them the post now. 
Comment by Flammeous {De Empress} on October 15, 2011 at 11:45

What a scare.  I'm glad your son is fine though.

I have noticed around my area Pokeweed is becoming more and more a common weed/plant in people's yard.  Seems I see it everywhere now and I just can't ever recalling it being so abundant like this before.  I actually had a whole frigging patch of it growing in my backyard.  I dug up some for the roots, btw for my root work and not to take internally.  I armed myself with some surgical gloves when I was digging it up.  I did the same when I collected the berries for making Poke berry ink.

I make it a point to explain to my children what is okay and what is not okay to eat in the yard.  As I do have a few edibles that they can eat right off the plant, I also explain what isn't okay. 

Since I see it growing in my neighbors yard I make sure to tell them what it is and if they have pets or small children to make sure that they stay away from it.

 

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