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Commonly known as Wild Dagga or Lion's Tail, is a herbaceous perennial plant native to South Africa.

Physical Description:

Leaves: The leaves are simple, opposite, and lance-shaped, with a rough texture. They are dark green and can have serrated edges.

Stems: The plant has square stems, which is a characteristic feature of plants in the mint family (Lamiaceae).

Flowers: The most distinctive feature is the inflorescence, which consists of whorls of tubular, orange flowers arranged in tiers along the stem. The flowers give the plant a spiky, ball-like appearance.


Traditional Medicine: In traditional African medicine, various parts of the Wild Dagga plant have been used for their purported medicinal properties. It has been used for conditions such as coughs, colds, and as a mild sedative.

Recreational Use: Some people use Wild Dagga for its reported mild psychoactive effects, although it's essential to note that the plant is not a recognized recreational drug, and caution should be exercised.

Growing Conditions:

Soil: Well-drained soil is preferable. Wild Dagga can tolerate a range of soil types.

Watering: It is somewhat drought-tolerant but benefits from regular watering, especially during dry periods.

Sunlight: Wild Dagga thrives in full sun.

Hardiness: It is typically grown as a perennial in warmer climates and may behave as an annual in colder regions.


Harvesting is typically done for the flowers, which are the most sought-after part of the plant. Harvest the flowers when they are fully open for the best potency

Wild Dagga – Orange (Leonotis leonurus)

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