Cannabis sativa subsp. indica





Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


Not Applicable

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

Chartreuse (yellow-green)


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Beverly Hills, California

Citrus Heights, California

Atlanta, Georgia

Lunenburg, Massachusetts

Greenville, New Hampshire

Austin, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Marysville, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 11, 2015, greenbailiwick from Beverly Hills, CA wrote:

Using the words poison and toxic when talking about cannabis scientifically incorrect. There are no known cases of deaths attributable to cannabis and this medicine and recreational plant has been used for millennia for human health and wellbeing.

The LD50 (lethal dose that will kill 50% of test animals) means a smoker would have to get through 1500lb/700kg of cannabis in 15 minutes. Most agree that this is plainly impossible.


On Nov 12, 2012, exoticus from Aarau, zone 7b,
Switzerland wrote:

cultivated selections with a little or no THC are legal in Switzerland.
There are often fields of "commercial" (nearly)THC-free hemp in Switzerland, to harvest fibers and edible seeds.
In the 90ies every plant here was legal... that changed after a while of "wanting to legalize it as a drug".
Every female plant has totally dope free edible seeds and birds love it as autumn and winter diet. Also good as a fast growing hedge if legal in your area.
The annual plants thrive best in full sun and rich soil and can easily grow over 10 feet tall in one season. There are male and female plants.
In Switzerland 25% of the people got smoking experiences with it, that is a fact of the newspapers in the 90ies. And there are much more unhealthy consequences w... read more


On May 27, 2012, Carolina_Mike from Whitesburg, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

This plant is illegal to grow in the USA because Dupont wants to make billions of $$$ synthesizing all of the things that used to be made from hemp; like nylon rope, wood-based acid paper, and synthetic oils. The truth is that Hemp and Marijuana are exactly the same plant - cannabis. There are three species of cannabis known to exist, and one other alleged to exist. They are Sativa, Indica, and Ruderalis; all of which are annual varieties. The one alleged to exist grows in the Amazon and is a perennial rhizome vine called "creeper".

The only difference between hemp and the "drug" marijuana is in the method by which it is grown.

If you want to grow something to smoke (for medicinal purposes of course) then you have to eliminate the male plants. Only the f... read more


On Sep 25, 2011, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

this subspecies is more commonly grown for the THC content as opposed to the supspecies sativa, a taller, faster growing plant grown primarily for its fiber content (Hemp) but much lower active drug content.

As an emergency veterinarian, this is one of the most common plant poisonings I see in dogs. Fortunately most survive the experience, but they sure do not seem to enjoy it. Dogs find all forms of Marijuana edible, so those that have it must be sure to keep ALL of it from their pets (most dogs get it from finding brownies are used parts in the trash). Large overdoses can be dangerous.