• berries are bland, clustered 5-15
  • berry terminates with star-shaped slit
  • leaves are thick and glossy
  • shrub grows waist high, forms thickets
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Look-alikes in British Columbia

American pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) produces poisonous dark blue berries that are superficially similar-looking but differ in that they are not five-part. In addition, the cluster has a corn-on-the-cob appearance rather than being row-like.

Related topics: Edible Mushrooms of BC - Edible Plants of BC
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