Lion's Ear AKA Klip Dagga Seeds

Butterflies and hummingbirds love the wonderfully weird furry little flowers.

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$2.50

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Lion's Ear is a very unique looking plant. It is also known as Klip Dagga and Devil's Pincushion. Butterflies and hummingbirds love the wonderfully weird furry little flowers. Hummingbirds hover next to a flower or even perch right on a cluster and drink for 10 seconds or more at a time, longer than at most any other kind of flower. The flowers of the Lion's Ear plant are striking and last a long time when cut.

According to Wikipedia: "L. nepetifolia is known in Trinidad as shandilay and the leaves are brewed as a tea for fever, coughs and malaria."

It is native to tropical Africa and southern India. It can also be found growing abundantly in some parts of Mexico

It's carefree and easy to grow, and an absolute favorite with hummingbirds.

The flowers remind me of something out of a Dr. Seuss book. If you're looking for something new and different, this is a great plant to try!

Michigan Seeds grown on our farm Renegade Acres in Howell, MI!

Additional Info

Botanical Name Leonotis nepetifolia
Life Cycle Annual
Min. Time to Germinate 4 Days
Max. Time to Germinate 14 Days
Depth to Sow Seeds 1/8 in.
When to Sow Indoors 4-6 weeks before last spring frost, Outdoors after all danger of spring frost is past
Growing Height 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
Plant Spacing 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Hardiness N/A
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Danger Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling
Bloom Color Orange, Red-Orange
Bloom Time Late Summer/Early Fall, Mid-Fall, Mid-Summer
Foliage Aromatic
Other Details Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping, This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Soil pH Requirements 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Propagation Methods From seed; direct sow after last frost, From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds, Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed, Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Seeds Per Pack 50