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Lion's Tail, Lion's Ear, Wild Dagga
Scientific Name: Leonotis leonurus (L.) R. Br. in W. T. Ait.
Synonym:
Family: Lamiaceae
Lion's Tail, Lion's Ear, Wild Dagga (Leonotis  leonurus) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 8-24
USDA: 9-10

Heat Tolerance: Unreliable in Phoenix summer heat

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: Southern and Southeastern Africa, in grassland

Growth Habits: Evergreen shrub to 6 feet tall (1.8 m), 4 feet spread (1.2 m); velvety stems; long leaves with velvety underside and serrated margins

Watering Needs: Little water when established

Propagation: Seeds, cuttings, or division


The Lion's tail is a striking plant, particularly if trimmed and groomed occasionally. The blossom in summer and fall has a faint smell of chrysanthemum.

Blooming Habits:
The Lion's Ear has orange flowers, in whorls, along the flower stalk in summer and fall. There are some white forms.

Fruiting Habits:


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