Wild Dagga


The famous smoking herb of the Hottentot Tribe. This high quality smoking herb is harvested for us and only us when we need it. Just look at that picture showing extremely fresh, potent whole leaf picked and dehydrated only days before it was taken. Wild Dagga and has a history of possibly being used as an alternative to tobacco and even to help people withdrawal from other substances.

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We offer Wild Dagga for no intention or purpose.

Botanical Name:  Leonotis Leonurus
Plant Family: Labiatae
Also Called: lion’s ear, wild hemp, Cape hemp, lion’s tail, minaret flower, red dagga.


Wild Dagga is a fast growing, robust shrub that grows up to 7-10 ft tall with a width of 5 ft.  Comprised of mostly erect branched stems topped with multiple ball-shaped inflorescences that produce the pollen rich bright orange flowers.  A prickly calyx protects the buds, petals and seeds. The brittle stems are velvety at the base and have a distinctive square in the cross section.

The narrowly lanceolate 1/4 to 1/2in green leaves velvety on the lower leaf surface and have toothed margins. When dried the leaves have a have a strong minty aromatic scent.

Flowering in summer the individual petals are tassel-like and consist of a long slender tube with four stamens, with stiff hairs that are rough when touched. The upper lip of the petal is long and hooded and the lower is short and smooth.  Wild Dagga is also known to have Apricot, yellow and white flowers.

Wild Dagga is known to attract  butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.


The essential oils of the leaf and flower of leonotis leonurus are limonene (7.2-15.6%), (Z)-β-ocimene (7.5-10.8%), γ-terpinene (4.0-4.7%), β-caryophyllene (15.2-19.6%), α-humulene (4.6-6.5%) and germacrene D (18.9-20.0%). It is also know to contain Leonurine.


Wild dagga is drought-tolerant but grows well in almost any temperate environment including shrublands, grasslands, and swamplands. Wild dagga grows in California, Mexico, and the Caribbean, and has become naturalized in Western Australia and New South Wales in Australia.

In temperate climates seeds must be sown indoors before the last frost or outdoors after the last frost. You must allow the seedheads to dry before collection.


Leonotis leonurus has a long history of medicinal use by traditional African tribes. It was commonly used for headaches, flu, dysentery, chest infections, epilepsy, constipation, intestinal worms, insect bites, snake bites, menstrual delays and hypertension. Externally it was used for haemorrhoids, eczema, skin rashes, boils and other wounds.

Benefits have also been found when using this plant for arthritic, painful and inflammatory conditions and controlling hypoglycemic symptoms. The latter has been found to be supported by scientific research.

This plant has a history of being used as a smoking herb by the Hottentots and other African tribes who gave it the nickname “Wild Dagga” or wild cannabis.  Although the dried leaves and flowers were said to create a mild euphoric or calming effect, the nickname could have resulted in the similar appearance of the two plants.

Modern herbal medicine mainly uses this plant for premenstrual discomfort and a calming tea infusion may be prepared.


Some herbs may have interactions with pregnancy, nursing or medications. Pregnant or nursing women & persons with health problems must consult a physician before use. The statements above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

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