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Leonotis nepetifolia

Leonotis nepetifolia

Leonotis nepetifolia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Leonotis
Species: L. nepetifolia
Binomial name
Leonotis nepetifolia
(L.) R.Br.

Leonotis nepetifolia, also known as Klip Dagga, is a species of plant in the Leonotis genus and the Lamiaceae (mint) family. While most other species in this genus are native to Southern Africa, L. nepetifolia is native to tropical Africa and southern India. 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 very similar to L. leonurus (Wild Dagga or Lion's Tail.) Both species are often smoked for their entheogenic properties. The main difference is that L. nepetifolia's flowers sprout from a round prickly ball. It is also said that the leaves of L. nepetifolia are more potent and much less harsh when smoked than those of L. leonurus.

While there are about thirty other plants in the genus Leonotis, L. nepetifolia and L. leonurus are the only two with entheogenic or psychoactive properties.


  L. nepetifolia is often smoked for its entheogenic, or psychoactive, properties. Some say the effects are similar to those of cannabis. However, some who expect the full effects of cannabis are disappointed with smoking L. nepetifolia. One common effect that many users report is a relaxing of the muscles and a higher appreciation of soft things.

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.

The following are for L. leonurus (the species are very similar in properties and use):

  • Erowid - Erowid's L. leonurus Vault
  • Erowid Experience Vault - Erowid's L. leonurus experience vault
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