Leonotis leonurus - Lion's Tail
Leonotis is a fast-growing plant that can quickly reach heights of 90 to 150cm. The plant consists of sturdy, upright stems that bear rounded clusters of fuzzy, reddish-orange, tube-shaped blooms measuring 10cm across. The colourful blooms are highly attractive to bees and butterflies.
This plant thrives in full sun with moist but well drained soil. Leonotis plant is said to be frost tolerant but I have lost one during winter. I now have it growing in a couple more protected areas in the garden.
Leonotis leonurus has a long history of medicinal use by traditional African tribes.
Also known as Wild Dagga.