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Leonotis menthifolia, Urus mane, Naivasha Apricot

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Leonotis menthifolia
Family: Lamiaceae
Urus mane, Naivasha Apricot
Origin: South Africa
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Very unusual funny flower! The plant grows through it! (see pictures). After bloom, the new growth just keeps growing up through the flower. Shrubby, semi-woody, perennial or semi-evergreen subshrub to 2m high with a 1m spread. Tolerates poor soil. Wild Dagga is smoked or made into a medicinal tea by the Hottentot tribe of South Africa. Because of its euphoric effects, it is often referred to as a Cannabis substitute. Used in Eastern medicine as euphoria, purgative, and vermifuge. Spiny whorls of soft apricot-orange fuzzy flowers are held atop tall erect stems that remind of a crows nest on the mast of a ship. A super magnet for hummingbirds and butterflies, the hummingbirds will sip for as long as ten seconds or more from one flower. Fun in cut flower arrangements too. See Special Effects of Leonotis

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