Pokeweed blossoms. Pokeweed is generally quite poisonous, especially the roots and seeds. However, Native Americans used the plant for various things and the young shoots (when properly prepared) are eaten by some and called "poke salad". Birds seem to eat the fruit safely, probably because the very toxic seeds pass through them intact. The seeds, about 9 per fruit, are so tough they can remain viable for 40+ years. I'm am not going to try poke salad but this plant has a long history of folk remedies and research has shown a protein in pokeweed may have potential anti-tumor and anti-vital uses.