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what is the rare plant that *really* looks like marijuana?

It’s totally unrelated, and in some odd family that’s mostly subtropical. Comes from SE Asia. I know it’s been sold by Heronswood, Cistus probably, and Plant Delights. The name is something along the lines of Ditasca cannibifolia, but no matter how I spell it, google doesn’t help me get it right.

Some poor kid was expelled for just bringing a Japanese maple leaf to school. and to me it looks nothing like marijuana other than being palmate. This one looks a lot more like it.

BTW, no it’s not the Vitex. Which looks more like it than Acer palmatum, but this is even closer.

gardengal48 (PNW Z8/9)

You were close, David – Datisca cannabina. Related to the squash family in the order of Cucurbitales, it is also known as false hemp 🙂 A fully herbaceous perennial rather than a woody shrub.

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GreenLarry

Could it be an Aralia? Dizygotheca looks a bit marijuana like-its name has changed recently but I forget the new name

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Embothrium

It’s Datisca – you just had the letters scrambled. I’m in the process of discarding a potted one that had rooted into the ground. I only bought it in the first place to plant where it might fool people, don’t find it particularly appealing.

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

But it doesn’t a thing like cannibis! I’m confused. 🙂

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davidrt28 (zone 7)

rhizo. you know what. I agree! When I read about it years and years ago, it’s possible I just got an image stuck in my mind of, perhaps, a Vitex. I definitely first read about it in a Heronswood catalog from the late 1990s, and of course they didn’t have pictures. Oh well. I vaguely recall, too, that the pretty tassle-like flowers/seed heads only occur on females? Those are cool looking, I’d have one for that effect provided they are otherwise desirable and garden worthy.

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Sara Malone Zone 9b

Acer pentaphyllum is threatened in the wild (China) and the five-lobed leaves look sort of like cannabis.

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Embothrium

Not a USDA 7 tree.

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sam_md

Here you go David, I’ll send you some dried leaves of this one, you can give it a try and get back to us LOL.

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davidrt28 (zone 7)

thanks but no thanks!

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Sara Malone Zone 9b

Acer pentaphllyum looks MUCH more like Cannabis that that does! 😉

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wisconsitom

Perhaps so, but Cleome has a heavy, musky odor which is vaguely reminiscent of the plant referenced here.

Incidentally, plant Cleome in a bed once-have it forever, via volunteer seedlings.

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maackia

I’m going to go a bit off topic, but if ever there was a thread to go off topic, this is it. Here’s my question: In the states where recreational Cannabis is now legal, is it displayed at botanical gardens?

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davidrt28 (zone 7)

I think that’s actually an interesting question, but I doubt it.

Tom, yes I found out cleome was very weedy when I was a kid, so I would never plant it.

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I haven’t seen cannibis at Denver Botanic Gardens and would be surprised to find it there. We Colorado master gardeners are specifically instructed not to answer consumers’ questions concerning how to grow cannibis.

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Sara Malone Zone 9b

MGs are a joint effort among the federal, state and county governments (that’s why it’s called Cooperative Extension). Even if cannabis is legal in the state for recreational use, it is still deemed illegal by the Feds so the MGs likely can’t be involved due to the Federal involvement in the program. The Denver Botanic is not regulated by the Feds, but it’s a tricky jurisdictional area and why take the risk? CA has recreational use on the ballot this November and the polls suggest that it will pass handily. That may move things along at the Federal level due to the state’s sizable population.

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maackia

Yes, with the fifth largest economy in the world, California does hold some sway. Thanks for the explanation.

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Sara Malone Zone 9b

It’s gonna be interesting!

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maackia

One can only imagine what the pro-Cannabis rallies will be like. Cannabis sativa is a plant with great merit. I’m almost giddy thinking of how it could be used in the garden. I was doing my usual Sunday garden stroll earlier, trying to imagine how I might site them (I think a grouping would be best) to maximize its ornamental strengths. Sigh. I’m afraid it is going to be a long time before I’ll be able to add this bit of whimsy to the garden.

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davidrt28 (zone 7)

“Sigh. I’m afraid it is going to be a long time before I’ll be able to add this bit of whimsy to the garden.”

Agreed. Don’t hold your breath, no pun intended. I’ve never used it and never plan to. I also, thank goodness, have never had a chronic pain condition. But there’s a very, very interesting article in the Washington Post about how much legalization is “costing” the pharmaceutical industry. A carefully designed academic study proved it. the reason being that it is so much better for chronic pain, cancer pain, et al. than various pharmaceuticals. So we can fully expect them to lobby our morons in Congress to keep it Schedule I.

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gardengal48 (PNW Z8/9)

Considering how much tax revenue is generated by states that have legalized the retail sale of cannabis, I would expect a good many others to follow suit. Money talks and the tax on legalized pot talks very loudly!!

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Laurie (8A)

I was helping my sister, go to water plants for her friend on vacation. She had so many flower pots, just everwhere, so it was a bit of a job. As I lifted the water up to the next pot I looked up at the plant, it was one of three very lovely Pot plants. I don’t know why I have not grown one, here in Washington State. They are really pretty plants, and not that tough, if you’re not smoking em.

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wisconsitom

A marvelous plant full of benefits to mankind. I’ve never not use. ah, never mind! We’ve got the random whiz quiz in effect here.

Maack, with the decidedly backwards-looking government now in total control in our state, I estimate we should be looking at legalization sometime in early 2100.

It's totally unrelated, and in some odd family that's mostly subtropical. Comes from SE Asia. I know it's been sold by Heronswood, Cistus probably, and Plant Delights. The name is something along the lines of Ditasca cannibifolia, but no matter how I spell it, google doesn't help me get it right. So… ]]>