Also known as:
Red Inkplant, Pokeweed
Mexico, Central and South America

General description

Herbaceous perennial shrub < 3 m tall. Stems are often reddish and become slightly woody with age. Leaves are alternate and entire, with pointed tips. Flowers are green turning pink and borne in cylindrical clusters in November – August. Fruits are succulent purple/black berries and contain glossy black seeds.

What you need to know

Although inkweed is not a legally declared pest plant, it may still be invasive in some situations. Consider lower risk alternatives for your garden, such as native plants.

Disturbed forest and shrubland, grassland, cliffs, coastal areas, riparian margins, wasteland, roadsides.

Seeds dispersed by birds and water.

Can form dense stands in open areas and suppress native seedling recruitment.

Site Management

Will quickly become succeeded by taller native species so only control in open or sensitive areas. Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Dig out

Plant parts requiring disposal: Seeds

Disposal options: Small amounts can be rotted in a covered water barrel or remove to greenwaste or landfill if practical


Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications
Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with glyphosate gel
Foliar spray with 100ml glyphosate green per 10L of water

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user
Foliar spray with 100ml glyphosate green per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

RPMP status

Not a legally declared pest plant
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