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6th January 2021. In line with the current government lockdown rules, Burncoose Nurseries is closed to visitors. However at present we are able to offer click and collect to local customers. This will be weekdays only, not weekends. Mail order is continuing as normal. However please allow extra time for the couriers to deliver, once despatched from us. Sorry to say that some depots are experiencing high volumes of traffic, also staff shortages.


LION'S Ear or Lion's Tail. Statuesque, bold, tawny orange and wildlife-friendly.

Genus of about 9 species of aromatic annuals, perennials and evergreen to semi-evergreen shrubs from upland grassland and rocky areas mainly in southern Africa. Named both Lion's ear and Lion's Tail. In the mint family, square-stemmed and producing a stately plant up to 6ft from an early planting it carries its flowers in stages up the stem. In colder areas to maintain it as a perennial it can be pot grown and moved into shelter at the end of the season. A very good butterfly plant.

Further Reading....

  • Evergreen - to semi evergreen(deciduous in cold climates) shrubs or sub shrubs.
  • Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch. - annuals, perennials
  • Will grow outside in milder locations - This could include plants which would survive happily in a greenhouse or conservatory if not in a mild location. If you have a sheltered spot in your garden then it may do well here.
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - square stems carrying showy, 2-lipped flowers.
  • Pests & Diseases - red spider mite, whitefly, botrytis if in greenhouse or conservatory. Should be fine if grown outside
  • Place of origin - South Africa and other tropical regions.
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil - - for greenhouse use loam based compost and full light

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LEONOTIS leonurus

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Commonly known as: Lion's ear.
Deep green leaves and whorls of orange-red to scarlet flowers
£14.00 each
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Available Early Spring 2021 - Should be available March/April onwards depending on growing conditions.

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