About Leonotis leonurus (Lion’s Tail)
This unusual evergreen shrub is called Leonotis leonurus. Its tubular orange flowers emerge in a whorl from spring through fall and resemble the end of a lion’s tail, thus its common name Lion’s Tail. Growing an average landscape size of 4-6 feet wide and tall, this evergreen shrub has thin lanceolate leaves and herbaceous stems that attract pollinators of all sorts. Birds, bees, butterflies and especially hummingbirds can be expected to regularly flock to this shrub. While this variety is not considered a deer deterrent, it has been noted that deer generally will leave it alone. Its interesting flowers always make great additions for those who like fresh cut flowers and its repeat blooming means that it will rarely be without its colorful blooms.
Care and planting instructions
Plant this variety in an area with full sun exposure using well-draining soil. After planting, water regularly throughout the first one to two growing seasons to develop a healthy, extensive root system. Drought tolerant in nature, Leonotis leonurus surprisingly grows well with both infrequent or regular irrigation and is hardy to temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to prune after its flowering period finishes to encourage growth the following year.
Landscape design ideas
Leonotis leonurus can be used as a privacy screen or planted in multiples throughout a landscape design to add depth and texture. This variety is a low-maintenance shrub that would make a great addition to drought tolerant focused landscape designs. Its interesting flowers are great for clippings for those who like regular fresh cut flowers.