Wild Dagga (Leonotis leonurus)
Wild Dagga also known as Lion's Tale or Wild Dagga, is an perennial evergreen herbaceous shrub native to South Africa. Highly ornamental bright yellow-orange flowers sit atop long stems with leathery toothed leaves. Wild Dagga flowers are very attractive pollinating insects and birds.
Dagga was traditionally used by various tribes in Africa as a smoking herb. It's effects are comparable to cannabis in that they provide a mellow and relaxed sensation. The effects of this inebriation are mild, and Dagga is not a scheduled substance in the United States. It is commonly used in many legal over the counter smoking blends in combination with other herbs. It is sometimes mixed with tobacco.
The purported medicinal effects of Dagga include anti-inflammatory, hypoglycemic, and antinociceptive. It is used traditionally in the treatment of tuberculosis, diabetes, and epilepsy.