Leonotis leonurus

Leonotis leonurus

Common Names

Wild Dagga (english)
Wildedagga (afrikaans)
umcwili (zulu)


Genus Leonotis
Species leonurus
SA Plant Number
Basionym Leonotis leonurus


Leonotis leonurus is a very hardy, drought and frost resistant, evergreen perennial shrub.

This well-loved, decorative shrub has masses of showy, compact clusters of orange or white, velvety flowers repeated in circles up the length of every long stalk from February. to July. 

An important food and nectar plant for sunbirds, bees and butterflies during autumn and winter.

Plant in sun or semi-shade and cut back severely after flowering for best results and mass flowering the next season.

It has been grown as a garden plant in Europe since the 1600s.

It is extensively used as a traditional medicinal and magical herb. Use the dried flowers in pot pourrii.

Size Up to 2m




Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal,  Eastern Cape, Western Cape

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