Leonotis Leonurus


Common Names: lion's ear, lion's tail


Family: Lamiaceae

Origin: South Africa

Type: Evergreen shrub

Size: 6 ft. high and wide.

Flowers: Tubular bright orange flowers, 2 in. long, covered with fine hairs, in dense whorls; late spring to summer. Leaves are slender, green, long, toothed edges.

Uses: Color and shape accent, background, screen. Combines well with succulents. Fire resistive.

Wildlife: Hummingbirds, bees, butterflies. Deer resistant.

Soil: Tolerates a variety; should be well-drained.

Water: Low. Drought tolerant.

Sun: Full sun to some shade.

Pruning: Cut back in late winter to maintain foliage character and flower production. Responds well to pruning.

Pests & Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems. Watch for whiteflies and spider mites on overwintering plants.

Notes: Replace when it no longer looks good. In South Africa, grows on hillsides and slopes with intermittent wet and dry periods. Hardy to 20° F.