Phytolacca americana, a
perennial herb in North America, inhabits roadsides or wastelands in
fields. Stems are thick, tinging red, and grow to 1-1.8m in height.
Leaves are of alternate phyllotaxis, 10-30cm in length, in the shape
of an oblong, with pointed tips. Inflorescences with long peduncles
droop during fruiting time. Flowers are white, tinging somewhat red,
and measure 5-6mm in diameter. Fruit is 8mm in diameter, of an
oblate sphere, and matures in black-purple. Bloom time: