eco print with lion’s tail

fiery orange flowers 

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!

I used the whole stalk of it and wrapped up tightly and boiled for less than an hour

fresh out from the pot–lion’s tail on is printing yellow

close up of the entire stalk, notice the green from the leaves

the green is printing well on silk

a close peek here

pretty lion’s tail, showing off its yellow print

washed and pressed

I used cold pressed, 140 lb. water color paper for this experiment.

just out from the pot

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