Apocynum cannabinum

Apocynum cannabinum


Indian Hemp Category:


Key Information:

Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Full Sun
Height: 2-6′
Bloom Color: White – Green
Bloom Season: June – August

Suggested Uses:

Suggested Uses: Grows in fields open thickets and along shorelines. Good restoration plant.

Pollinators: Bees and moths. Nectar source for adult monarch butterflies!

Native Range: Native throughout much of the U.S. and throughout the state of Minnesota.

Flowers: The flowers are rather tubular with 5 petal-like sepals and no petals.

Leaves: The opposite leaves are about 2-3 inches long and elliptical to oblong. They can be either attached directly to the main flower stem or have short leaf stalks (petioles).

Interesting Facts:

Food Uses: May be toxic.
Other Uses: The most important use of A. cannabinum is as cordage. In the fall, the plants are harvested and split open to reveal long fibers. This plants strong fiber can be woven.These fibers are twisted into string which are used for everything from clothing, to baskets, to bags, to fishing nets strong enough to catch and hold very large fish.

More Info: Can become weedy. Apocynum species can hybridize.

Other Names: Dogbane, milkweed, honeybloom, bitter root, black hemp, hemp dogbane, lechuguilla, westernwall.

More information: USDA PLANTS Database profile page

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs

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