So far, no livestock have been poisoned. I assume the poultry eat and spread the berries.
Cj Verde wrote: I assume the poultry eat and spread the berries.
Sometimes I let them grow to maturity so that I can have 'treats' for the chickens. But half the time the wild birds get to the berries first.
See also: http://www.permies.com/t/15343/plants/Poke-sallet-salad-nutrient-accumulator
Up until 2000, Allen Canning Company in Siloam Springs, AR canned and sold Poke Sallet just like any other canned vegetable.
I used to drive by Allen's all the time, since it's on the main drag through Siloam Springs (this was after 2000), and it would call foraging to mind every time.
Rebecca Hyde wrote: And I've been meaning to look up the root again, I think it's a medicinal but needs to be used carefully. A nice plant, if a bit prolific and tough to eradicate when you don't really want it around.
I looked it up and it is great for infections involving lymphatic system such as tonsillitis, mastitis, etc. but one has to use it in single drop amounts for the tincture. 1-10 drops a day, very max 30, if one doesn't experience mental fog or other poisoning symptoms. I was thinking, why do people even bother use herbs like that, because it can cause death, if too much is taken, but if it is very effective, it is much better than antibiotic drugs, which are also deadly in larger amounts and sometimes even in prescribed amounts. Actually that is what got me into herbs more seriously -after my son had bad reaction to the antibiotic- sudden sharp headaches, sunken black undereyes, no energy. it was scary.