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Scientific Name: Leonotis ocymifolia
Alternative Names: Rock Lions Paw (Eng.), Rooi dagga (Afr.), Umfincane (Xho), Umcwili (Zu).

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Leonotis ocymifolia
Leonotis ocymifolia


  • Perennial
  • Leonotis ocymifolia is native to Eastern and Southern Africa – and most of Southern Africa.
  • It has the same growth habit as Leonotus leonuris and has long, dark green ovate leaves and blooms in sphere-like clusters.
  • The fluffy tubular flowers are larger and bolder and usually bright orange, but colours vary and include shades of creamy-white and salmon-pink. Flowering occurs from February until July.
  • It is a great addition to an indigenous garden and well suited to an informal mixed border.
  • Both drought and wind-resistant, it can be used as an attractive screen.
  • It can be pruned to keep it from becoming scraggly.
  • Thriving in full sun, this striking plant will attract plenty of sunbirds, butterflies, and bees.

Culinary Uses

  • Leonotis ocymifolia is sometimes harvested from the wild and used as a condiment.

Parts Used

  • Fresh or dried material made up of leaves, smaller stems, occasionally with flowers and fruits.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Leonotis ocymifolia is used more or less interchangeably with Leonotus leonurus for treating fevers, headaches, coughs, dysentery, snake bite, haemorrhoids, stomachache, and as a purgative.
  • Specific uses include the treatment of diabetes, hypertension, anaemia, eczema, and other skin irritations.
  • It is also used as a laxative and as a substance to help stimulate or increase menstruation.
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