Leonotis leonurus

Also known as:

  • Leonotis ocymifolia
  • Lion's Ear
  • Leonotis leonorus
  • Lion's Tail
  • Wild Dagga
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Plant Type

shrub, perennial

Zones

7b-9b

Size

H:4'-8'
W:4'

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

well-drained, rich

Water Needs:

even moisture, high, regular

Sun Exposure:

sun

Features

Flower Color:

orange

Foliage Color:

green

Wildlife:

deer resistant

Flower Season:

summer, fall

Foliage Season:

deciduous

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Canby, Oregon

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Far Reaches Farm

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Port Townsend, Washington

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Logee's Plants for Home & Garden

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Description by: Secret Garden Growers

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(LION TAIL, WILD DRAGGA) Tall, bolt upright perennial from N. Africa, 4-6’ high and half as wide. Stems are topped with fuzzy orange whorls of red-orange tubular flowers that hummers enjoy summer thru fall. This ‘big cat’ enjoys well drained fertile soil, plenty of sun and regular irrigation. Deer resistant (they’re afraid of lions); try pairing with Verbena bonariensis.

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This native of South Africa has long been used for late summer and early autumn container gardening display. Young plants started in June will reach full maturity as summer wanes and then burst forth in a blizzard of orange tufts that form along the stems. Its growth rate is astounding when given full sun and high amounts of water and feed. Although it's the shorter day length that brings it into autumn bloom, we also see some sporadic blooms in spring. Very vigorous.

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An upright evergreen shrub tolerant of dry conditions. Coarsely textured deep green lance shaped leaves occur in pairs on erect woody stems. At the top of each stem during autumn and winter dense whorls of bright orange tubular flowers are produced. Attracts nectar feeding birds. Very tough.

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Upright shrub to 6' tall and as wide with downy, bright orange-scarlet, two-lipped flowers from mid-summer to fall against dark green, narrow foliage. Plants require well-drained soils. A good accent plant for the back of perennial borders. Hardy to 20F. South Africa.

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Lion's Ear is a great addition to any container or in the garden. Bright orange tubular flowers form in circular clusters along the stems. Grows to a mature size of 4 to 6 feet. Can be grown as a perennial in zones 8 and higher, also known as "Wild Dagga"

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Bright velvety orange tubular blooms are borne in dense clusters around the upright stems. A vigorous growing upright plant that lends itself to containers or flower gardens. Blooms in spring and again in fall.

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Right on the edge of hardiness for us, this is nonetheless so worth trying especially if you have a warm sunny and winter mild site. This South African is related to Lamium and produces tiers of clustered tubular nectar rich orange flowers in the fall on 3'-6' stems. Good drainage.

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Thanks to Jimmy Turner of the Dallas Arboretum for sharing this winter-hardy form of a plant that we had killed many times. This South African deer-resistant native is found growing in rocky grasslands where it makes a huge, 8' tall x 4' wide shrub. For us, it's a more demure dieback perennial (4' tall x 4' wide), composed of upright stems and narrow, fuzzy green leaves. In late October, the clumps burst into bloom with axillary flowers that resemble fuzzy orange golf balls. If that's not enough, Leonotis produces the chemical leonurine which, when smoked (especially the flowers), provides a euphoric feeling. We think growing the plant is euphoric enough. This multi-tasking plant can also be used to treat headaches, fevers, coughs, dysentery, snakebites, and an array of other ailments. How have you lived without a leonotis?

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