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. Hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to the flowers.
More Information About Leonotis
The genus Leonotis (lion's ear) 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.
Tips for Growing Leonitis
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.
Lion's Ear in the Garden
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.