Leonotis leonurus, commonly known as lion’s tail or wild dagga is a native plant from South Africa; and a species of the mint family. It is an evergreen shrub with aromatic leaves and bright orange flowers.
Lion’s tail is known for its medicinal and recreational properties: the foliage is used as a tea for medicinal purposes, leaves are also used as a remedy for bites and stings, and the dried leaves and flowers give an euphoria and calming effect when smoked. I have not tried it myself and neither am I advocating it!
I love this showy plant simply for its beauty as it attracts bees and hummingbirds to the garden. I have had this hardy shrub for almost twenty years. It survived all these years with my amateur gardening skills; as it had been moved from one spot to another when we landscaped the front of our house. It is not a fussy plant and it comes back each year more vigorous than before.
This summer, they are blooming profusely. I am curious to know what color it will give me on fabric and paper. Below are details of the results…the bliss of having a garden and able to use them for eco printing!
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