Plants That Look Like Weed – Understand Your Plants and Make Beautiful Garden

Plants that look like weed

Marijuana and weed, both are obtained from cannabis plant.

The marijuana tree is tiny yet beautiful and can be grown even in pots. Weed is also not any different.

Though there is no restriction to grow plants in your personal garden.

But in many states of USA, Weed and Marijuana are banned by the authorities?

Like Alaska, Texas, New York & Ohio

It is not considered good to grow it in homes having children and pets.

They have harmful effects on mental and physical health.

Still, many people want to grow plants that look like weed due to its beauty.

Are you one of them?

What if we tell you there are plenty of plants that look like Marijuana/weed, available in an abundance of varieties, you can easily and legally grow in all parts of America without challenging law and enforcement agencies?

Here is the complete list along with tree and leaf image comparison:

1. Mint:

Mint is one of the top herbs that look like weed but aren’t.  Mint remains stick to its soil and doesn’t mix well with other plants however growing mint and weed together is not a good idea.

mint v weed
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Why? Because, you know mint is used in many home-related cuisines and dishes, but we cannot even use “some” weed in there. Hence, it is not a good idea.

The weed buds and weed leaves look quite similar to each other so there are chances that mint may crowd the weed out. Not just leaves, but the pattern of growth for mint is also similar that of cannabis with the bushy structure of leafy branches.

Do you know: Mint itself has so many varieties in which some have fuzzy leaves while others have bushy.

To grown mint in your garden, follow the instructions given in the video below:

2. Okra:

Okra is another plant with utmost similarity to weed especially the weed buds and okra buds are the same. If you have an aerial view of an okra garden, you may assume it a garden full of cannabis.

Okra v weed
Image Source Pinterest

Okra produces edible spice that is used in many international and national cuisines especially in south Indian and Asian dishes. Moreover, the plant is rich in nutrients.

Funny Fact:

Once cops in Cartersville were having copter survey where they found okra grown in the garden of a house. They arrested the owner considering it cannabis. However, later realized it is okra.

Okra grows best in the tropical surroundings that we found in abundance in south Africa, and Asia. You can also grow this rich-in-nutrients, spice-enriched plant in your garden.

Follow the steps given in the video to grow okra in your lawn. Interestingly, you can grow okra in your kitchen in small containers too.

3. Japanese Maple:

Japanese maple though doesn’t produce edible herbs (like rosemary or marjoram) however it is one of the plants that look like weed but aren’t and gives an assortment of colors of leaves that can add a lot to the outlook of your garden.

Japanese maple VS WEED

Japanese maple is a beautiful plant that can be grown outdoor in the soil as well as indoor in the containers. The plant is native to Japan, Korea, and China in the central.

Japanese Maple Leaves are not just similar in color but also in shape to the weed plant. You can grow dwarf and adult Japanese plants in your garden.

Here is the video guide on how to grow Japanese maple in your garden from seeds.

4. Sunn Hemp:

Sunn hemp is not industrial hemp but a legal-to-grow plant in garden similar to weed. Just like weed, it has tall branches and bushy leaves that spread all over.

Sunn hemp is mainly found in India; hence its other names are madras hemp, Indian hemp, or brown hemp while its leaves buds and branches are all similar to weed plants.

Sunn hemp VS WEED

Sunn hemp is not a spice but a practical plant with so many advantages such as, it is a great source of fiber, it is used in textile industries, and used as biofuel too.

You can grow this plant in your home easily, here is a video guide for your help.

5. Cranberry Hibiscus:

Cranberry Hibiscus is also one of the plants resembling weed buds however except the color of the leaves that’s more like brownish in the texture than green.

However, apart from this trait, the shape, the size, and the patterns on the leaves are almost similar that makes Cranberry Hibiscus one of the plants that resemble weed for the color-blinds.

Cranberry Hibiscus VS WEED

This legal plant will give your garden the same outlook that it would have with the cannabis plant.

You can grow it easily in your yard or garden and for more a weed-alike-look, you need a bigger space for this plant.

How to grow it, find in the video tutorial below:

6. Kenaf:

Kenaf plant is not just the plant that is similar to weed but it also has almost similar properties to the cannabis plant to some extent.

kenaf vs weed
Image Source Pinterest
Do you know: “Kenaf doesn’t get you high but shares properties of cannabis due to which in Latin it is called Hibiscus Cannabinus.”

Kenaf is a very useful plant and despite having similarities with cannabis, it is legal to grow for the sake of making paper, fiber rope, and twines, etc.

You can grow kenaf easily in your garden with the help of this video tutorial.

7. Oregano:

Oregano is the nearest look-alike of weed because not in powdered form, its texture, look, and even smell feels like weed.

We have seen some funny incidents where school students were tricked by their seniors who sold them weed lookalike spices, calling it marijuana. LOL

Spice doesn’t have to do anything with properties of weed. It has amazing benefits for health with no side effects.

It is widely used to make delicious food.

Plants That Grow Like Weed:

Do you know weed term is also used for plants considered undesirable in a particular situation, or grow very fast to cover the whole ground?

Such weed plants don’t look so good in the gardens and disturb their overall beauty.

Therefore, People use plenty of solutions and formulas to kill weed plants.

We also have some dry tumbleweed plants with miraculous properties.

Have you heard about Rose of Jericho?

It is known for bringing good luck, increase money, and get the love of your life back.

It appears as a dry dead ball of weed but blooms like a rose, that is, when soaked does wonders.



Basil is a herb that grows like weed.

Not usually, but whenever summer starts or weather starts to get a little hot, Basil wildly grows and covers the whole ground.



Dandelions are also weed-like plants, grow in wilds, in uncertain conditions yet can be eaten.

Leaves and flowers of dandelions are used in types of salads and green foods.

Besides, its roots are used to make coffee and leaves for wines. Would you mind giving them a try?

Bottom Line:

Online you can find plenty of plants acclaimed to be similar to cannabis or weed plant however, the 6 best we have posted here are plants that are similar to weed on the basis of their leaves and buds shape.

Other plants of the category are those which in taste, aroma, and properties are similar to weed. For more information on the plants and gardening tips, keep visiting our blog.

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