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Commonly known as Lion's ear
Deep green leaves and whorls of orange-red to scarlet flowers
Evergreen - to semi evergreen. Lance-shaped, entire or scalloped, mid- to deep-green leaves 6-12cm (2½-5in) long.
Height - 2m (6½ft)
Spread - 1m (39in)
Tall Shrub - upright shrub
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
Additional Features - Good to know - in the mint family. Attracts butterflies.
Medicinal properties - almost a cure-all in African tribal medicine.
Pests & Diseases - red spider mite, whitefly, botrytis if in greenhouse or conservatory. Should be fine if grown outside
Place of origin - South Africa.
Flower Shape - Tubular - tubular, two-lipped flowers 5cm (2in) long
Garden Location/Conditions - Greenhouse / conservatory - Not the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter
Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
Seasonal Interest - Autumn
Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil - for greenhouse use loam based compost and full light.
Wildlife - Butterfly friendly
Fertilisers & Feeds - Vitax
Q4 Pelleted Fertiliser
A useful fertiliser suitable for use on a wide variety of plants. Q4 provides all the nutrients and trace elements essential for vigorous growth, abundant flowering and ripening of fruit.
3 options from £6.00
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
2 options from £6.00
Max/Min Digital Thermometer
Thermometer which displays current temperature in the centre, with Max above and min below. Suitable for use outdoors or in the greenhouse / conservatory. With batteries included