Wildflowers of New York

Indian Hemp Dogbane

A photographic collection and brief reference to help identify Wildflowers found in New York

Indian Hemp
- Dogbane
Apocynum cannabinum

Dogbane Family

The plant is poisonous, period. I don't know why the common name singles out dogs. I've never heard of a dog eating it.

The Latin species name cannabium refers to the use of the stems to make fiber. Hemp is for fiber and not smoking

Spreads by sprouting from roots and young plants may be mistaken for milkweed. Although the stems leak a milky sap when broken they are not related to milkweed.

Found: Fields, thickets, shorelines, roadsides - moist areas
Height: 1 - 6 feet
June - Aug bloom time

Indian Hemp Dogbane

Indian Hemp Dogbane

Indian Hemp Dogbane