Poke weed is also known as, Poke Salad, Pokeberry, Scoke, Pigeonberry, Ink berry, Cancer root, and Wild spinach.
It occurs naturally throughout North and South Carolina. Poke weed contains vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, and
Pokeweed has a number of uses. It can be boiled and eaten like asparagus, cooked like spinach, or mixed half and half with greens and eaten. The root is boiled into a decoction that can be applied to sores, or used to bath the head as a remedy for high blood pressure. Pokeweed is an excellent remedy for hardening of the liver and enlarged glands (thyroid, spleen, and lymphatic). Pokeweed contains steroids that resemble cortisone, making Pokeweed a helpful treatment for skin conditions like psoriases, acne, and fungal infections. Pokeweed should be used sparingly by someone trained in herbs.