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Indian Hemp
Indian Hemp
Apocynum cannabinum
Spreading Dogbane

Often found along shorelines. This one was growing alone the shoreline of the Raquette River in the Village of Potsdam just below the dam.

Indian Hemp Flowers

Indian Hemp is a member of the Dogbane family. The leaves are narrower than Spreading Dogbane and the flowers are less striking. Intermediate Dogbane is thought to be a cross between Indian Hemp and Spreading Dogbane.


Height - 1 - 3 ft.
Time of bloom - July
Flower colors - White / Yellow
Propagation - Seed
Transplants - Very difficult


Soil Type - sandy loam
Soil ph - Neutral
Water - Moist - Dry
Light - Full sun - Partial shade

Indian Hemp

Note the milky sap when a stem is broken