I seem to be on a roll of publishing posts on wild flowers that I have featured before. Why not, especially when trumpeting the beauty of the velvety orange flowers of Leonotis leonurus – also known as wild dagga, lion’s tail, or narrow-leaved minaret flower. The first of these common names seems to be the most popular in this part of the world.
These colourful blooms grace the veld and gardens during most of the year and their abundance of nectar attracts a variety of birds and insects. Sunbirds are particularly drawn to them.
Here they are seen against the early morning light.
The richness of their colour is evident.
Their narrow leaves give off an interesting aromatic smell when crushed.