Cannabis sativa

Scientific name: Cannabis sativa

Synonym: Cannabis indica, Cannabis ruderalis


Common names: “Cannabis” “hemp” “marijuana””ganja” “grass” “weed” “pot”

Plant Type: Perennial or short lived shrub, grown as an annual


Zone: 7-11

Light: Full sun – part shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Nitrogen rich, fertile best, tolerant of poor conditions

Moisture: Moist well drained, avoid overhead irrigation


Plant Size: H 2-20′ & W 2-8′

Leaf and Stem shape: Distinct palmate leaf Image result for cannabis sativa

Flower: Large flowering spikes for highly fragrant buds coated in resins

Maintenance: Medium, benefits from regular feeding

Landscape use: Herb garden, hedgerows

Propagate: By seed and cuttings

Pests & Disease: Spider mites and molds can be a problem, deer will happily eat

Comments: It will survive neglect but to get a quality crop requires attention, currently illegal in most of the world but many countries are changing their views towards this plant, potent medicinal properties, and fibers produced from hemp are very durable and tough

Cultivars: Thousands of different strains

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