Lion’s Mane

This bright orange flower is a staple at the local butterfly garden I visit.  I think it’s kind of interesting and even more so when I looked it up on Wikipedia.  Also known as lion’s tail and wild dagga it is native to South Africa where it is used for a variety of medicinal purposes — everything from treating tuberculosis to snake bites.  Apparently, it also has mild psychoactive properties and when leaves are crushed and smoked, it produces a mild calming effect.  (Yikes!)  Oh, it also attracts butterflies!

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