Leonotis nepetifolia

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Leonotis nepetifolia
File:Leonotis leonorus1.jpg
Leonotis nepetifolia.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Leonotis
Species: L. nepetifolia
Binomial name
Leonotis nepetifolia
(L.) R.Br.

Leonotis nepetifolia, also known as klip dagga or lion's ear, is a species of plant in the genus Leonotis and the family Lamiaceae (mint). While most other species in this genus are native to southern Africa, L. nepetifolia is native to tropical Africa and southern India. It can also be found growing abundantly in some parts of Mexico (at least in the states of Puebla and Guerrero). It grows to a height of 3 metres and has whorls of striking lipped flowers, that are most commonly orange, but can vary to red, white, and purple. It has very soft serrated leaves that can grow up to 4 inches wide.

Related species

L. nepetifolia (klip dagga) is related to L. leonurus (wild dagga or lion's tail.) The most noticeable difference between the two is the leaf shape. L. nepetifolia leaves are cordate with serrated edges, except the top pair which are lanceolate with serrated edges, as pictured in taxonomy box. The leaves are all lanceolate with serrated edges on L. leonurus.

Medicinal use

L. nepetifolia is known in Trinidad as shandilay and the leaves are brewed as a tea for fever, coughs, womb prolapse and malaria.[1]


  1. Mendes, John. 1986. Cote ce Cote la: Trinidad & Tobago Dictionary, Arima, Trinidad, p. 135.


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