Lion’s Tail on a foggy day

The fog is quite heavy this rainy morning — the palm looks terribly incongruous in the garden in this kind of weather. All is white beyond the oleander hedge — a distance of about 20 meters from the house. It’s great for the plants though, especially the newly planted ones!


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What a contrast to yesterday, the last day of the Villalonga fiesta, when our neighbour was making the most of it and whooping it up with a group of friends — all of them of a certain age. A fair amount of drink must have gone around, from the sounds that reached us. All good fun.

Do you remember that orange-flowered bush whose name neither I nor Gardener A knew? I finally managed to identify it. Its photo as well as its properties are certainly brightening up this day. It’s known as Lion’s Tail (Leonotis leonurus), and it’s a South African endemic, known there as wild dagga. I had guessed that it was similar to Phlomis because of the way the flowers clustered about the stem, and interestingly, it was once classified among Phlomis species.

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One thing I discovered about it is that it has a history of ethnomedicinal uses, for tuberculosis, high blood pressure, diabetes, among others. Apparently the dried leaves and flowers produce a similar sedative effect to THC (found in cannabis). The plant is illegal in Latvia and Poland.

I’m still trying to identify the other plant with purple and white flowers. An interesting challenge for a day like this when I cannot go outdoors and garden!


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