Phytolacca americana is a large herbaceous
perennial, bearing spikes of white flowers in summer, followed by striking berries which are green at first, becoming cerise, then almost black as they age. A
mature plant is very large, growing to around four feet wide by three feet high, so you need plenty of room to grow it! The berries are very attractive when
used in flower arrangements, but care should be exercised when using them as they are poisonous, and the sap can stain.