The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Wild Dagga

Afrikaans name: Wildedagga

The Wild Dagga plant has attractive bunches of flowers

Wild Dagga

Photo © Steven Herbert

Leonotis leonurus

Another name for Wild Dagga is the Lion's Tail, presumably because of the orange colouration (even though lions aren't orange).

It is a scraggly looking shrub that bears lots of orange flowers.

The flowers attract a variety of sunbirds and butterflies which feed on the nectar. It is also popular with gardeners (for their looks and not the nectar).

The plant is interesting in that it has toxic qualities yet it is used in both traditional medicines as well as being smoked by some people (you were wondering where the name Wild Dagga came from...)

Wild Dagga plants can often be found in dense colonies

Above - Wild Dagga

Photo © Steven Herbert

References and further reading

Indigenous Beginnings - Author: Anneke Kearney - Published: 2008 - Page: 56

Indigenous Garden Plants of Southern Africa - Author: Glenice Ebedes - Published: 2017 - Page: 93

SA Wild Flower Guide No 2 - Outeniqua, Tsitsikamma and Eastern Little Karoo - Author: Audrey Moriarty - Published: 1982 - Page: 158

SA Wild Flower Guide No 3 - Cape Peninsula - Author: Mary Maytham Kidd - Published: 1982 - Page: 32

SA Wild Flower Guide No 7 - West Coast - Author: J. Manning & P. Goldblatt - Published: 1996 - Page: 176

Sasol First Field Guide to Wild Flowers of Southern Africa - Author: John Manning - Published: 1999 - Page: 52

The Gardener - 2018/03 - Author: - Published: 2018 - Page: 66

The Gardener - 2019/03 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 68

The Gardener - 2020/07 - Author: - Published: 2020 - Page: 37

The Gardener - 2021/03 - Author: - Published: 2021 - Page: 66

What Flower is That? Autumn and Winter - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1969 - Page: 44

Wild Flowers of Table Mountain - Author: WPU Jackson - Published: 1977 - Page: 73

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 117

Field Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa - Author: John Manning - Published: 2009 - Page: 424

Game Ranger in your Backpack - Author: Megan Emmett and Sean Pattrick - Published: 2013 - Page: 324

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 173

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 393

Gardening with Indigenous Shrubs - Author: David and Sally Johnson, Geoff Nichols - Published: 2002 - Page: 67

Gardening with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1988 - Page: 40

Ecoguide - Fynbos - Author: Colin Paterson-Jones and John Manning - Published: 2007 - Page: 116

Discovering Wild Flowers in Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Sima Eliovson - Published: 1969 - Page: 76

Common Wild Flowers of Table Mountain & Silvermine - Author: Hugh Clarke, Bruce Mackenzie & Corinne Merry - Published: 2013 - Page: 66

A Field Guide to Wild Flowers in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region - Author: Elsa Pooley - Published: 2005 - Page: 70

A Photographic Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa - Author: Braam van Wyk - Published: 2000 - Page: 65

Adventure Trails in Kirstenbosch - Author: Daphne Mackie - Published: 2012 - Page: 72


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