Plant A Day – Indianhemp

Indianhemp Apocynum cannabinum

Indianhemp
Apocynum cannabinum

Guess why this plant is named Indianhemp?  Ok, it’s because the Indians used it as a fiber plant, similar to the hemp plant.  Actually there are dozens of plants with the word Indian as part of their common name.  Clearly the early namers of plants learned a lot from the Native Americans, which were known as Indians at the time.

Another, perhaps more common, name for this plant is Dogbane.

Typical leaves

Typical leaves

This version of the plant used to be called Clasping-leaved Dogbane, Apocynum sibiricum

This version of the plant used to be called Clasping-leaved Dogbane, Apocynum sibiricum

Small white flowers

Small white flowers

Long, cool-looking pods

Long, cool-looking pods

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