Photo: © Blackstem Plants
If your neighbours are a bit nosy then this is best planted out of sight - unless you want a visit from the local constabulary.
It's false hemp and completely unrelated to a plant that might get the boys in blue a little upset. Despite it being totally innocuous, many people have been fooled by this stately plant as the two bear an uncanny resemblance.
Related to the squash family and originating from Crete and Turkey, it is hardy in our garden planted in a sunny sheltered spot.
The soil needs to be deep and reasonably fertile although in its native habitat it can grow on poor, sandy soils.
The finely cut, palmate leaves and ornamental plumes of small, yellow green flowers make this a large ornamental foliage plant for the back of the border.
Dioecious in habit, meaning that both male and female plants are required for seedlings.
If you grew up in the 60's this might remind you of your youth.
Deep, fertile well drained
Full sun only