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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Flowering Plants of the Tsitsikama Forest and Coastal National Park - Author: M. Courtenay-Latimer & G. Smith - Published: 1967 - Page: 53

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

SA Wild Flower Guide No 8 - Southern Overberg - Author: P Mustart, R Cowling & J Albertyn - Published: 2003 - Page: 214

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

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

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

SA Wild Flower Guide No 12 - Table Mountain National Park - Author: T Trinder-Smith, M Maytham Kidd & F Anderson - Published: 2006 - Page: 234

Quick ID Guide: Wild Flowers of the Cape Peninsula - 3rd edition - Author: H Clarke & C Merry - Published: 2019 - Page: 82

Plants of the Baviaanskloof - Author: D Euston-Brown & M Kruger - Published: 2023 - Page: 395

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Field Guide to Fynbos - 1st edition - Author: John Manning - Published: 2008 - Page: 464

Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of South Africa (updated edition) - Author: John Manning - Published: 2019 - Page: 422

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

Eastern Cape Veld Flowers - 2nd edition - Author: Eily Gledhill - Published: 1981 - Page: 201

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

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

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

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

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