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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.
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.
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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