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ShirleyD...I grow Leonotis Nepetifolia every year in my
garden...the plants are beautiful and very medicinal...
they grow 8---10 ft tall in my black, organic muckland soil
...Send me a self stamped and addressed envelope
and I will send you some seeds to try out...Maryanne,
Wow Maryanne! I just got some seeds for those a couple of weeks ago! Can I ask, how soon do you start yours? Do you wintersow them, start them inside, or just wait til you can work outside? Thanks! And hope you don't mind me asking in your thread Shirley.
Don't forget to mark the spot where you tossed them, so you don't pull them, thinking they are weeds. I like to poke sticks into the ground and wrap string around spots where I plant stuff. LABELS are a MUST!
I will be glad to send pictures when they bloom----which is usually in Sept or Oct. Also, have you ever heard of a dwarf form? I heard someone ask that question a long time ago---but never heard the answer.
Leonotis leonurus, Leonotis nepetifolia and Leonotis menthifolia are the species available with similar orange flowers. There is a lot of confusion among gardeners and seed sellers between the species, especially Leonotis leonurus and Leonotis nepetifolia. It seems that many people who think they have Leonotis leonurus actually have Leonotis nepetifolia. I have traded for both Leonotis leonurus and Leonotis menthifolia and received the inferior Leonotis nepetifolia both times. The leaves are totally different and therefore are an easy way to properly identify them.