Growing and Saving the Seed Of Lion's Ear / Klip Dagga
Latin name Leonotis nepetifolia is a member of the mint family. Tall, evergreen tropical plant produces loads of stunning peachy-orange flowers irresistible to hummingbirds. Caution: This plant is a mild narcotic. Hardy from USDA zones 9-11.
Native to tropical Africa and southern India, it has been used as a folk medicine throughout history of Africa for treating numerous ailments, and has shown some promise in clinical studies.
- Traditional medicinal uses.
- Seeds germinate in 7-21 days.
- Start seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost and transplant out after all danger of frost has passed.
- Sow seeds 1/8 inch deep.
- Ideal germination temperature is 65-75 F.
- Prefers full sun to part shade.
- Provide well-drained soil. Space plants 3-4 feet apart.
- Plants reach 8 feet tall.
- Winter hardy from USDA zones 8-11.
- Typically a pest- and disease-free plant.
- Wear gloves when saving these seeds, as the flowers can be spiky.
- Allow seedheads to dry on plants and shake over a bag to remove seeds.
- Winnow to separate seeds from chaff.
- Store in a cool, dry place.