Saturday, January 31, 2009

lion's tail / wild dagga
Leonotis leonurus
Lamiaciae

I saw several of these around the neighborhood, but I don't even know where to begin looking up what it is. It looks like something from S. Africa.

ps 09/09/09 - We walked this evening and I couldn't believe that these were STILL blooming all around town, in September!!! Even if it's a non-native, I can see why anybody would like to have it in their garden.

pss 04/18/10 - Now that I know better, the comment from September may be the START of the bloom, not necessarily still blooming.

pss 07/29/10 - Hmm... I see this blooming around town right now. Can it really bloom all year long?

pss 11/07/10 - Thanks to Sue in the comments below, I now have an ID for this unknown. I've added the common name, scientific name, and embedded links above. I believe it's a non-native from South Africa, but since I've only seen them in gardens I don't count it as a wildflower.

2 comments:

Sue Langley said...

Hi Katie,
I believe this is Lion's Tail, Leonotis leonurus.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1048/

I'm enjoying your blog this morning, found while seaching for other Central California blogs. I am due east of you in the Sierra foothills. My husband and I took our honeymoon in PG and have loved the area since.

Do you know that the davesgarden.com website has a really good plant and bug ID forum? Another resource for you!

I will bookmark your wonderful site!

Nature ID (Katie) said...

Thank you for the ID, Sue! I'm glad to hear you like my blog. As per my usual, I've made the corrections in this post.

I've added you to my CA nature blogs list shown on the lower right side of Nature ID. I was going to recommend Rooted in CA and Town Mouse and Country Mouse since they're more garden-centric, but it looks like you already follow them.

I do link to Dave's Garden on occasion but had never really looked at the guides and information before now. I've added it to my online ID resources page. Thanks, again!