Lion's Ear or Klip Dagga

(Leonotis nepetifolia) Lion’s Ear, or Klip Dagga, is a member of the mint family. Tall, evergreen tropical plant produces loads of stunning, peachy-orange flowers that hummingbirds can’t resist. Lion’s Ear is native to tropical Africa and southern India and is winter hardy from USDA zones 9 to 11. In cooler climates it is grown as an annual. Start seeds indoors 8 to 10 weeks before last frost, or direct sow when the threat of frost has passed. Sow seeds 1/8 inch deep. Ideal germination temperature is 71-77F. Days to germination will vary between 21- 48 days; it is known for irregular germination. Lion’s Ear prefers full sun to part shade and prefers well-drained soil. The plants grow to eight feet. Space them 3-4 feet apart. Caution: this plant is a mild narcotic.

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