(Lion's Ear)The genus Leonotis is a mint relative from Southern Africa and India with a fascinating "mane" of orange or white flowers around the stem at regular intervals. Leonotis grows into a loose perennial that looks best at the back of the border or in a mixed container.
In its native habitat, Leonotis can grow to 8' tall, but in the garden it rarely exceeds 4'. Leonotis is a low maintenance, deciduous perennial plant that prefers full sun, well-drained soil and can tolerate periods of drought in summer.
Hummingbirds and butterflies are strongly attracted to leonotis flowers but deer do not like to eat them...perfect! Combine leonotis with other butterfly or hummingbird attractors such as buddleia, salvia, or lantana to maximize the "butterfly effect". In its native Africa, leonotis flowers and leaves are smoked or brewed into tea, creating a mild euphoric/calming effect. When you are ready to buy leonotis for your perennial garden, we hope you'll check out our online offering of leonotis for sale.