Leonotis nepetifolia (Klip Dagga)

Flower Petals, Whole from Peru (SKU 0996)

Top quality Klip Dagga whole red/orange flower petals, from Peru. This is purely the velvety soft petals, and contains no leaves or sticks.

Klip Dagga belongs to the Genus Lamiaceae (Mint family). It is an erect, loosely branched annual that can grow 2,4 meters tall in its single growing season. Liking full sun it grows very quickly. It is often found along roadsides and in abandoned fields. The stems are strongly angled (square in cross section) and the leaves are in pairs opposite each other. The leaves are smooth with coarsely toothed margins, triangular in shape and 5-13 cm long. The flowers are borne in rounded, spiny clusters, 5-10 cm across, that encircle the stems so that it looks like the stems are growing right through the middle of the clusters. As the stems elongate, new flower clusters continue to develop above the older ones. The tubular flowers that peek out of the spiny heads are orange and furry, like a lion’s ear. The flowers are about 2,5 cm long and curve downward.

This plant and Wild Dagga (Leonotis leonorus) look very similar and have the same common names: Lion’s Ear and Wild Dagga. The main difference seems to be that Klip Dagga has leaves like Catnip (Nepeta cataria) and the other Leonotis has leathery leaves. For both species, leaf shape varies depending where it is on the stem; higher up, it is narrow and long. Klip Dagga has become naturalised in subtropical and tropical areas all over the world and grows especially well in the Deep South. Hummingbirds love sipping at the flowers of the Dagga plants.

This natural product is delivered with no expressed or implied fitness for any specific purpose. It is simply a raw botanical specimen. The product is packaged as botanical specimen and is not intended, branded, labelled, or marketed as a consumer product.

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