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LEONOTIS

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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Commonly known as: Lion's ear.
Deep green leaves and whorls of orange-red to scarlet flowers
£12.50 each
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