In this short post let’s have a look at Leonotus leonurus (Lion’s Tail) a ‘must have’ plant for the dry Mediterranean garden. This evergreen perennial does very well in mild winter climates where fast draining soils set-up for year round flowering. Though peak flowering is summer to fall – if you prune mildly, leaving your shears mainly to dead-heading, Lion’s Tail will surprise you some blooms here and there throughout the year.
Personally, I prefer a seasonal cut back, either in fall, or early spring, to get fresh growth and regrowth. Either way, this is an excellent plant worth adding to your garden. Let’s have a look at some details, shall we?
Leonotus leonurus – Lion’s Tail
This is a distinctive and striking plant. Flowers resemble a lion’s tail – so no randomness in the name.
USDA Zones: 8 – 10
Size: 3 to 6 feet tall x 2 to 4 feet wide
Form: This is a broad leaved evergreen, to semi-evergreen shrub, with stiff upright stems that support wonderful tubular flower whorls
Native to: South Africa
Family: Mint family (Lamiaceae)
Flower color: Orange or white
Flowers: Tubular flowers in either orange or white are displayed in whorls on tall stems
Care: Easy to grow
Uses: Deer resistant, cut flower, attracts butterflies, bees and hummingbirds
Water: Low water, drought tolerant
Exposure: Full sun