Leonotis leonurus – Loins’s Ear Plant
With large orange flowers in whorls, Leonotis leonuris is commonly called the Lion’s Ear plant.
This is an evergreen perennial shrub that holds its flower son upright stems.
Also known as ‘Wild Dagga’ this is a native plant from South Africa , after flowering the seed heads that form are often used in flower arrangements.
This is a species that will self seed, deadhead after flowering to prevent self seeding if desired.
Looking great in a cottage garden it is also well suited for planting as a low informal hedge or border.
Best in a humus rich moist soil, Leonotis leonurus will require a little extra water during very dry summers.
- Height – To around 2m in good conditions.’ Spread – To around 1.4m.
- Position – Full sun to a little shade.
- Soil – Humus rich moist and well drained.
- Flower colour – Bright Orange.
- Flowering period – Mid to Late summer to Autumn.
- Foliage – Mid green lanceolate
- Drought tolerant – No to medium. However fairly hardy.
- Frost tolerant – Yes
Prune back after flowering to maintain shape and a compact bushy habit. We like to cut back to 15 to 20 cm each year.
A white flowering variety is also available.
Leonotis leonurus is available for sale from the following nurseries
412 James Lane, Fern Hill VIC. 3458 - Phone 0419002651
Large range of Rare plants, Climbers, Bulbs, Perennials Fruit Trees, Ornamental Trees and Shrubs. Available both Retail and by Mail Order
395 Lesters Rd Ascot VIC 3364 - phone (03) 53434303
Specialising in beautiful perennials & bulbs including new releases from Europe & USA. Many hardy, rare & difficult to find ‘drought hardy’ plants, quality vegetable & flower seeds.