Meaning of bastard hemp in English:

bastard hemp


  • A large herbaceous plant native from the eastern Mediterranean to the Himalayas, Datisca cannabina (family Datiscaceae), having small yellowish-green flowers and long serrated leaflets, formerly used as a purgative and as the source of a yellow dye.


Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Gerard (c1545–1612), herbalist.