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Indian Hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)
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Family: Apocynaceae (Dogbane)
Height: 1 to 2 ft.
Blooms: June to August
Leaf Type: smooth
Bloom Size: 0.2 in. (typical)
Flower Description: Flat or rounded clusters, Regular blooms, 5 parts
Location: Allegheny Highlands Trail
Notes: Stem is dark red.
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Folklore, History, and Other Facts
The common name comes from the use of plant fibers by Native Americans for cords and fabrics.
The following information is taken from my great-grandmother's copy of The Herbalist (1918). This information is presented for historic purposes only, as many remedies recommended by this book are toxic!
We started out as wildflowers from the bicycle trails of western Pennsylvania, but we've grown!
Meyer, Joseph E. (1918). The Herbalist and Herb Doctor. Hammond, Ind.: Indiana Herb Gardens. 400 pp.