Leonotis Plant Information: Lion’s Ear Plant Care And Maintenance

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener A gorgeous tropical shrub native to South Africa, lion’s ear (Leonotis) was transported first to Europe as early as the 1600s, and then found its way to North America with early settlers. Although some types can be invasive in tropical climates, Leonotis leonorus, also known as minaret flower and lion’s claw, is a popular ornamental in the home garden. Read on to learn about growing Leonotis plants and the many uses for Leonotis lion’s ear plant in the garden. Leonotis Plant Information Leonotis is a fast-growing plant that can quickly reach heights of 3 to 6 feet. The plant consists of sturdy, upright stems that bear rounded clusters of fuzzy, reddish-orange, tube-shaped blooms measuring 4 inches across. The colorful blooms are highly attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. In its native habitat, Leonotis grows wild along roadsides, in scrublands and other

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