Both plants belong to the Leonotis Genus and the Lamiaceae (mint) family native to southern Africa. The Leonotis Genus contains 9 accepted species (Leonotis decadonta; Leonotis goetzei; Leonotis grandis; Leonotis leonurus; Leonotis myricifolia; Leonotis myrothamnifolia; Leonotis nepetifolia; Leonotis ocymifolia; Leonotis pole-evansii). However, only one L. nepetifolia, shares the entheogenic properties of L. leonurus.
Klip Dagga and Wild Dagga are botanical cousins with a similar growth and flowers. Both plants are used medicinally and both have a long history of being used as a smoking herb and an alternative to smoking cannabis.
- Leonotis leonurus is a perennial that requires a long growing season whereas Leonotis nepetifolia is an annual.
- Leonotis nepetifolia is known as Lion’s Ear, while Leonotis leonurus is known as Lion’s Tail.
- Leonotis nepetifolia contains more leonurine, a pseudoalkaloid, than Leonotis leonurus.
- The leaf structures are very different. Klip Dagga leaves grow wider, almost heart-shaped, with a serrated edge and the Wild Dagga leaves are much thinner and longer. For both species, leaf shape varies depending where it is on the stem. Where it’s higher up, it is narrow and long.
- Both plants have bright orange flowers with white filaments, growing in a tubular pattern. However, some variations of Leonotis nepetifolia may also produce red, white, and purple flowers.
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