Plants That Look Like Weed

Plants That Look Like Weed

Feb 02, 2024

If you're a gardener or just a fan of plants, you may have come across some that look strikingly similar to weed or marijuana.

In this article, we'll explore some of the plants that look like weed and explain what sets them apart.

A hemp leaf similar to marijuana leaf.

One such plant is the hemp plant, which is often mistaken for marijuana due to their similar appearance. 

Instead, hemp is used for industrial purposes such as making textiles, paper, and even food products.

Despite its many uses, hemp has faced legal restrictions in some parts of the world due to its resemblance to marijuana.

Common Plants Mistaken for Cannabis

Japanese Maple and Cannabis Similarities

A japanese maple leaf.

The Japanese Maple tree (Acer palmatum) is a popular ornamental plant that is often mistaken for cannabis due to the similarities in their leaf structure.

The Japanese Maple tree has serrated edge, leaflets that are pointed and lobed leaves that resemble the leaves of marijuana.

However, the Japanese Maple tree has a more complex leaf structure and foliage that is different from cannabis.

Kenaf Confusion

A kenaf leaf similar to marjuana leaf.

Kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus) is a plant that is often confused with hemp (industrial hemp or cannabis sativa) due to their similar appearance.

Hibiscus Varieties Resembling Marijuana

A hibiscus leaf similar to marijuana leaf.

Several hibiscus varieties have leaves that resemble marijuana, which can cause confusion for those not familiar with the plant species. 

Other Look-Alikes

Other plants that are often mistaken for cannabis include cassava (Manihot esculenta), okra (Abelmoschus esculentus), and chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus and Vitex negundo).

Plants that look like weed.

These plants may have leaves that resemble marijuana, but they have different uses and properties.

It is important to be familiar with different plant species to avoid confusion and misinformation. 

Identifying Features of Cannabis

Green cannabis plants with serrated leaves and distinct five-pointed leaves. Stalks are thick and fibrous, with clusters of small, densely packed flowers

Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a plant that can be easily recognized by its unique features.

In this section, we will discuss the identifying characteristics of cannabis plants.

Leaf Characteristics

Cannabis leaves are typically large and serrated, with five to seven leaflets. The fan leaves are the largest and most recognizable, while the sugar leaves are smaller and grow closer to the flowers. The leaves are usually green, but can also be purple or yellow, depending on the cultivar.

Flowering and Reproduction

Cannabis plants are dioecious, which means they have separate male and female plants. The male plants produce pollen, while the female plants produce flowers, which are the most desired part of the plant. The flowers can be white, pink, or purple, and are covered in pistils, which are hair-like structures that protrude from the flower.


In conclusion, cannabis plants can be easily identified by their unique characteristics, including their serrated leaves, colorful flowers, and distinctive smell. Understanding these identifying features can help you differentiate between cannabis and other plants that may look similar.

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