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Lion's Tail

Leonotis leonurus

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Lion's Tail (Leonotis leonurus) at All Seasons Nursery

Lion's Tail flowers

Lion's Tail flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Lion's Tail (Leonotis leonurus) at All Seasons Nursery

Lion's Tail in bloom

Lion's Tail in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  5 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8

Other Names:  Wild Dagga, Lion's Ear

Description:

This variety is a very interesting member of the mint family presenting gorgeous clusters of orange tubular blooms in early summer; prefers sun and light shade; needs significant shelter and is considered an annual in colder climates

Ornamental Features

Lion's Tail features showy clusters of orange tubular flowers rising above the foliage in early summer. It has green foliage. The narrow leaves remain green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Lion's Tail is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Lion's Tail is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Lion's Tail will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 3 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Lion's Tail makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.