Please help identify this lovely volunteer.
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- August 18, 2008 at 9:34 pm #28370
Catjane, thank you for your reply. I had eaten a poke salad, prepared by an expert, many years ago while living in Louisiana. The elderly woman would gather it in the early morning on her walk. I have to admit, I knew NOTHING about what the plant looked like other than when it was scrambled into eggs and onion….oh, my sweet friend had warned me of its toxic nature….and told me that she always boiled it twice, pouring off the water before she began using it for her family.
As I noted earlier, this little beauty is growing beneath a red cedar that was hit by some disease or bug last fall. I trimmed the tree back substantially, enjoyed a volunteer butternut squash earlier this summer and now I find this little treat. While I understand many would prefer to be rid of this item I know that I’ll keep it. It wasn’t until this year that I witnessed cedar waxwings feasting off the berries of the red cedar. Reading up on my new friend, poke, I see that the cedar waxwing enjoys the berries of this plant, too. It may become invasive, I may rethink my decision eventually, but I doubt it. This has been my first year to go completely organic in my yard. I’ve been blessed with snakes (they chased away the moles), a hawk sighting (baby) and those lovely cedar waxwings.
Thanks so much for your reply. After googling I have confirmed that this is very much a poke week. Count me happy, count me blessed. :)
I appreciate your help. Happy gardening to you!
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