Leonotis Leonurus

A rather beautiful name for a somewhat sparse green bush that Roger has accused of being a ‘weed’. However, in the last few days Leonotis (as we’ll call her) has been pushing out furry orange spider legs from her green foliage and making quite a show of herself.  Some call her lion’s tail, another site said Leonurus means ‘lion’s ears’, others label her ‘wild dagga’. I found a site in the US expousing her legal status and recommending that you “don’t operate heavy machinery under the influence” – one of the more sensible ones hinted that she is rather a poor substitute for tobacco and has been smoked as such for aeons (possibly even by the bush men, yet another site boasts). So what a checkered past our Leonotis has, when all she wants is the peace to be in nature and do what she does best… shine!

Incy wincy spider

Incy wincy spider


3 Responses to Leonotis Leonurus

  1. Niall May 14, 2009 at 5:41 am #

    Yay Sons – my wild dagga is also in bloom. It is the most beautiful plant and one of my favourites. I’ll post a picture in the next day or so.

    Once it has flowered, cut it down right near the base and it grows back into a proper shrub with many branches. I’ve done this a few times on my plants and they are now metre wide and bushy.

    Also very easy to grow from seed so save some from your flowers.

  2. Sonya May 14, 2009 at 8:26 am #

    I think you might need to come over and help me with that pruning, I get quite nervous pruning plants… They are lovely and I do love them too…

  3. emme May 15, 2009 at 12:12 pm #

    i never really got why it’s called wild dagga, it looks like such a different plant to my amatuer eyes. but that orange is stunning, and the sunbirds particularly seem to go bossies for it.

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