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Indian Hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Image ID: 2012/mr48

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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: Montour Trail
Date:  6/9/2012
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!
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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.

The Herbalist