Member of the Phytolaccaceae family. American pokeweed can reach heights of up to ten feet tall, and it grows in fields and waste areas around much of the United States. Its simple leaves are long (sometimes reaching up to sixteen inches in length) and are arranged alternately on a red-colored stem. Clusters of small, white flowers turn to dark blue/black colored berries in the fall. American pokeweed is sometimes considered a pest, and most parts of the plant are toxic if consumed. Blooms June-October.