A plant that has been used as a culinary herb and medicinally throughout the world for centuries.
Earlier this week we reported on a couple whose home had been invaded by drug dealers attracted to the property by a strong smell of cannabis.
So, these are the plants you shouldn’t plant in your garden unless you want to bring the police knocking, or worse.
“One time, over 10 years ago, I found a cleome plant and was like ‘wow, looks like weed’ and jokingly grabbed a bunch of leaves and pressed them in a book.
Cleome or Spider flower leaves reportedly look and smell a lot like cannabis.
And the cause of all this trouble? A type of flowering moss, called phlox subulata, which looks nothing like cannabis but gives off a pungent aroma similar to the drug.
The drugs gang thought the couple’s home in the leafy village of Winford, near Bristol Airport, was a cannabis factory and broke down the door to steal the stash – terrifying the couple in the process.
The couple returned from a holiday in Madera to find the drugs squad had battered down their front door and searched the property.
One social media user said he was actually able to fool his friend’s younger brother with leaves.
These perfectly innocent plants have got people raided by the police or worse
Just like pot, spider flower (Cleome) is a favorite Southern passalong. Only it’s legal. But it sure doesn’t look legal before it blooms. The leaves look like they’d set you free.
Maybe this is “Panama Red.” Wrong again! It’s just a Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) in fall color. If this one is illegal, half of the South will be moving to Amsterdam.
Pot Imposter #2 — Texas Star
Pot Imposter #1 — Chaste tree
Did you hear about the guy in Georgia who said police raided his home after they mistook the okra he was growing for marijuana? Okra doesn’t look like pot to me, but maybe it does to a cop hovering 60 feet above in a helicopter.
Then the plants bloomed. Huge, star-shaped, scarlet flowers opened up atop the stems. Could this be the infamous “Panama Red?” No, it was a species of native hibiscus related to okra called Texas star (Hibiscus coccineus). I called off the DEA.
Yep, this is what got Mr. Perry into deep doo-doo with those detectives. I sure hope it isn’t a giant marijuana tree, because I took this picture in my front yard. (Hey, you kids, stop stripping the foliage!) Without the flowers, chaste tree does indeed resemble marijuana. The leaves of both are palmately compound with chaste tree’s having 5 to 7 narrow leaflets and Happy Plant’s having 7 to 9. Far from getting you high, chaste tree has the opposite effect, as you might guess from its name. During the Middle Ages, an extract from its seeds was used by monks to decrease libido and remain pure. Maybe they should have just smoked pot.
Pot Imposter #3 — Japanese Maple
Pot Impostor #4 — Spider Flower
Don't Let These Marijuana Lookalikes Send You To Jail!