Plant Profile: Datisca cannabina (False Hemp)

Photograph from Annie’s Annuals and Perennials

Have you ever seen a picture of an unidentified plant and become instantly enamored?  The quest to find the plant’s identity and – equally important – a source of potted specimens, cuttings, or seeds – is breathless, fluctuating between hope/longing/greed and despair.  This plant I identified ultimately by looking up the designer responsible for the garden in which I had first seen it pictured.  Apparently this plant is native to the area from Greece to Pakistan.  2 ft wide at the base, its 8 ft stems spread as they rise upwards, with cannabis like leaves and heads of grass-like flowers.  I Must Have This Plant!


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