Mar. 6, 2022

Indian-hemp, Apocynum cannabinum

Indian-hemp is a challenge. All those buds, so few open flowers. I'm still looking for an individual plant that lives up to its apparent promise. Other people have settled on using these plants for a variety of other stuff. Native Americans did indeed use the stems for fiber. The seeds are said to have been used for meal, and the dried sap for chewing gum. On the other hand Wiki says the many medicinal uses should only include internal use under supervision. The plant is indeed toxic, and I bet the Indians knew that. Reports of eating and chewing have to be considered in that light. Indian-hemp occurs in every state and province except AK, HI, LB, and YT. Lincoln Co NE, 6/13/13. Dogbane family, Apocynaceae.