Wild Dagga: The Mysterious Plant with Enormous Benefits
"Leonotis leonurus, also known as lion's tail and wild dagga, is a plant species in the Lamiaceae (mint) family. The plant is a broadleaf evergreen large shrub native to South Africa and southern Africa, where it is very common. It is known for its medicinal and mild psychoactive properties. The active component of Leonotis leonurus is leonurine," according to the plant's Wikipedia page entry.
WHAT IS WILD DAGGA USED FOR?
Common Names: Lion’s Ear, Lion’s Tail, Wild Dagga, Dacha, Daggha (Africa), Wild Hemp, Minaret Flower, Flor de Mundo, Mota (Mexico)
Wild Dagga is a tall shrubby South African plant of the Lamiaceae (Mint family) with deep green foliage that elongates into long strips after flowering. Especially striking for its fiery orange, feathery flower tufts that bloom in spikes or balls, depending on species.
The very closely related L. nepetefolia has similar morphological and entheogenic properties, and looks very similar. However, L. leonurus is commonly called "Lion’s Tail" because of its feathery gladiolus-like spiked flowers.
Wild Dagga has been used traditionally for the following:
Coughs, colds, influenza and chest infections
Spider bites and scorpion stings
An antidote for snakebite
Relief of Hemorrhoid's
Skin rashes and boils
If you are interested in growing Wild Dagga be sure to start it in full sun. Its hardiness zones are 9 through 11. It may lose its foliage during a frost, but will come back in spring.
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