days to maturity: 70 days
plant spacing: 1 plant per square foot
sunlight requirements: 8-14 hours
look out for: overcrowding or plants falling over
harvest notes: harvest leaves and flowers as needed
Klip Dagga is a cool medicinal plant that fellow specialty growers Sow Exotic introduced us to last season. Their wild exhibition garden is full of this beautiful bee and pollinator friendly flowering medicinal herb that self seeds easily and spreads quickly if left unchecked. Klip Dagga is native to tropical Africa and Southern India but is found abundantly in Latin America and the West Indies. it grows to about 9 feet tall and has whorls of bright orange lipped flowers that pollinators love. The leaf tea has a hypnotic effect, is diuretic and relieves headache. The leaf and stem decoction or inhalations have been used internally for cough, common cold, influenza, bronchitis, wound healing and asthma. The infusions made from flowers and seeds, leaves or stems are widely used as tonics for tuberculosis, jaundice, muscular cramps, high blood pressure, diabetes, viral hepatitis, dysentery, and diarrhea. The leaves and stems decoction are applied topically as a treatment for eczema, skin infections and itchiness. Klip Dagga smoke has marijuana-like effects and pungent odor and is occasionally mixed with other dried herbs to make smoking blends. Wether you use this unique plant medicinally or not its definitely a fun specimen to have in the garden for aesthetics and pollinators to enjoy. Save a few spiky seed balls when they’re brown and dry and you’ll have plenty of viable seed for next season.
The last photo in our collection is of a mixed herbal smoking blend made by our friends at Honey Sun Botanicals.