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Leonotis ocymifolia var. ocymifolia
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common name: Lion's Ear, Wild Dagga
synonyms: Phlomis ocymifolia
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -3°C
USDA zone: 9 to 10
Semi-evergreen or evergreen subshrub, ovate, toothed leaves, felted underneath.. Whorls of dusky orange, velvety flowers are produced along the upright stems during the autumn in the Northern Hemisphere.
Similar to L. leonurus and sometimes regarded as synonymous.
Needs a warm position and well drained, light soil. Half hardy and in cold areas best grown in pot and given winter protection. Should be kept fairly dry in winter and may with stand some frost if kept well drained.
Best to cut back growth in late winter.
From seed, cuttings or by separation of rooted suckers.
Used in traditional medicine to treat fevers, headaches and many other conditions. Also used as a remedy for snake bites and as a charm to keep snakes away.
Members of the Hottentot tribes smoke or make a tea from the resinous flowering tops and leaves, which are reputed to have a narcotic effect similar to Cannabis.
Native to South Africa, commonly found on rocky grasslands.