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Leonotis leonurus var. leonurus
Botanical Name: Leonotis leonurus var. leonurus
Common Name(s): Wild dagga, lion's ear
Categories: Shrubs and Perennials
Bearing orange flowers in autumn, which makes it popular with flower arrangers, this hardy bush is most attractive when it is pruned and kept neat. Allthough mostly evergreen, it can lose its leaves in very cold areas.The plant quickly sprouts again after frost burn. The upright, tall stems are covered in sparse, dull-green leaves. The bright orange, tube-like flowers appear in whorls on the tips of stems during autumn and winter. Although fairly drought resistant, it thrives in good, moist soil. It will attract a variety of birds to the garden. L. leonurus var. albiflora is similar, but bears creamy-white flowers.
Synonym: Phlomis leonurus
Botanical Pronunciation: lee-oh-NO-tis lee-oh-NOR-uss.
Wild dagga bears orange flowers in Summer.
This plant bears velvety foliage with an aroma when crushed.
Fragrant/ scented foliage , Has culinary uses , Indigenous/ Native to South Africa , Medicinal uses , Plant is hardy , Tolerates drought , Tolerates frost
This hardy bush is most attractive when it is pruned and kept neat.
Indigenous to South Africa.
Planting: Any well-drained soil is suitable. Dig a hole 60cm square and deep. Mix two thirds of the topsoil with one third compost in the bottom of the hole, add one cup of bone meal or superphosphate and mix well.
Watering and feeding: It does not need a lot of attention. Water only during very dry weather, but be careful not to overwater. Feed with a general fertiliser for flowering plants during spring and midsummer, then water in well.
Pruning: Must be pruned to keep neat.
L. leonurus var. albiflora has creamy-white flowers.
2 m * 1 m
Uses:: Cullinary: | Medicinal: yes | Cultural: | Commercial: | Cosmetics: | Other Uses: | Part Used: Foliage , Flower | Attracts: | Features:
Uses in landscape design
Very good accent plant in the back border. It is popular with flower arrangers, and attracts birds.
Medeteranian , Formal , Water wise , Indigenous gadening (South Africa) , Coastal , wildlife garden