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Lion's ear   

Leonotis leonurus

Lion's ear is a member of the Leonotis family. Its botanical name is Leonotis leonurus.

This plant is a tall, flowering member of the mint family that is extremely attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. The flowers are scarlet red and orange, and it blooms in late summer, early fall. It can be perennial in zones 9+.

Blooms normally display as a colour very similar to   Dark candy apple red and   Red-orange, and produces a distinctive Aromatic foliage scent.Lion's ear is a flower annual, it will last but a year in its native climate. Lion's ear is known for growing to a height of approximately 1.52 metres (4.94 feet). This plant tends to bloom in late summer.

Lion's ear is normally fairly low maintenance and quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

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How to grow Lion's ear

  • Full Sun

To save seeds, allow seedheads to dry on plants, then remove and collect the seeds. Remove as much of the chaff as you can if you plan to store them.

Enjoys a full sun position in your garden. The USDA Zones typically associated with Lion's ear are Zone 10 and Zone 11. Lion's ear is generally regarded as a tender plant, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

See our list of companion Plants for Lion's ear to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Lion's ear from seed

Transplanting Lion's ear

Lion's ear is tender, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside.

Common Lion's ear problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Lion's ear plants:

Other names for Lion's ear

Wild dagga, Lion tail, Staircase Plant, Christmas Candlestick

Leonotis leonurus (L.) R. Br.

Lion's ear care instructions

How long does Lion's ear take to grow?

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