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Leonotis leonurus

Leonotis leonurus

Leonotis leonurus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Leonotis
Species: L. leonurus
Binomial name
Leonotis leonurus

Leonotis leonurus, also known as Wild Dagga or Lion's Tail, is a species of plant in the Leonotis genus and the Lamiaceae (mint) family native to southern Africa.


Related Species

There are about thirty species of plants from the family Lamiaceae in the genus Leonotis, but only one other, L. nepetifolia (Klip Dagga), shares the entheogenic properties of L. leonurus. The main difference between the species is that L. nepetifolia's flowers sprout from a round prickly ball.


Medicinal Uses

Newstar-Chem pharmaceutical company asserts possible applications: (poorly translated via their website.) "treated the menstruation which was irregular, the uterine hemorrhage and the dysmenorrhea etc;The animal experimentation also indicated that the product could the increase the peripheral vascular ,the coronary artery and the cardiac muscle nutrition,increased the hematic flux,improved the micro circulation,and had the antithrombus to form" (sic) [1].

In most common uses the leaves are picked, dried, and then brewed as a tea.

Chemical Constituents


  • Leonurine

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