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My neighbor’s Lion’s Tails


lion's tails in culver city

Looking down from my front balcony my eyes are always attracted to this burst of orange in my neighbor’s garden.

The Leonotis leonurus, also known as Lion’s Tail and Wild Dagga, is a plant species in the Lamiaceae (mint) family.

lion's tails in culver city

The plant is a broadleaf evergreen large shrub native to southern Africa, where it is very common.

I see it a lot around Culver City and Los Angeles. As well as southern California, it is found in other Mediterranean-like climates such as Hawaii and Australia. 

lion's tails in culver city

An animal study found that “the aqueous leaf extract of Leonotis leonurus possesses anti-nociceptive, anti-inflammatory, and hypoglycemic properties; thus lending pharmacological credence to folk usage of the herb in the management and/or control of painful, arthritic, and other inflammatory conditions, as well as for adult-onset, type-2 diabetes mellitusin…”

All I know is that I enjoy looking at it.

I lifted all the scientific information on this page from Wikipedia.

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

5 thoughts on “My neighbor’s Lion’s Tails

  1. Send some along! My RA could use a dose. No tropical climate here in GA, though. Beautiful plant.


  2. Well, there’s echineca (sp?) in lots of things (my favorite–purple cone flower). But I think they use the root. Make sure you get the right part in your smoothie!!


  3. Totally off the subject, Ross, I looked at your walking tours site, and would love to do the Venice Beach and canals or Santa Monica walks with you. Ah, if only… Just got this one life and way to much to fit in. 🙂


  4. I led the Santa Monica walk yesterday…. it was pretty cold for August… but it was still enjoyable. Yes, I agree, there is way too much to do and it seems like the less I try to do the more I end up doing!


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