LEONOTIS LEONURUS ~ WildeDagga
BRILLIANT RED-ORANGE HERB FROM THE MINT FAMILY
DRAMATIC GARDEN BACKDROP ~ 5-8 FOOT STALKS WITH FUZZY BLOOMS!
You'll want to place this majestic perennial where height is not an issue, but a flair for the dramatic is absolutely required!
WildeDagga has interrupted clusters of fuzzy, bright red-orange flowers, aptly
named "lion's ear" by local Bushman, as the blooms appear to lay in wait from within the green foliage of its pleasantly scented leaves, supported on tall 5-8' square stemmed spikes. Adding to its visual delights, this stately shrub is also a hummingbird, butterfly and bee magnet.
For thousands of years, most notably within South African tribes, the majestic WildeDagga, has boast a multitude of folkloric uses and purposes. Most commonly, the flowers and leaves were/are dried and used to make a calming and relaxing tea for the relief of headaches, pain and inflammation. A 2005 study of Leonotis leonurus, by the University of KwaZulu, concured with the ancient diagnostic uses of the wild mint, while adding the discovery of beneficial properties for the onset of type-2 diabetes.
SUN: FULL (will not tolerate shade or wet feet)
Colder climates: Can grow this plant as an annual, but so it has time to mature and seed, you need to start it indoors every early! Germinate in Jan-Feb and put under Florescent lights until Spring. In other words: get the slow part out of the way so it has time to blossom throughout a long hot summer.