Leonotis leonurus, Lions Tail, Wild Dagga, Lion’s Ear

Lion’s Tail

Leonotis leonurus


Common Names: Wild Dagga, Lion’s Ear

Light: Full Sun

Height: 3′ – 6′

Spacing/Spread: 3′ – 6′

Evergreen: Yes.

Color: Orange .

Interest: Orange flowers.

Landscape Companions:

Texas Native: No, but particularly well adapted to central Texas and Austin.


Wildlife habitat:


Features: Lion’s Tail is a good sized drought resistant perennial. Blooms spring to fall.

Austin Native Landscaping: “Finally here is your chance fulfilling your childhood desire to become a lion tamer star. Although, the only thing you’ll be taming are Lion’s Tail showy and unusual orange flowers. An outstanding pick for any full sun location, this relatively large perennial will amaze you with its exotic and unique orange blooms from spring to fall. Best of all? Lion’s Tail is an evergreen, has very modest water requirements and pretty much the only maintenance required is the optional trimming down after flowering to keep the plant compact. So pull out your circus hat, put on your showiest costume and go show them tails who runs your garden!”



Family: Lamiaceae (Pronounced – lay-mee-AY-see-ee)

Genus: Leonotis (Pronounced – lee-on-OH-tis)

Species: leonurus (Pronounced – lee-on-or-uss)

Propagation: Seeds.



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  • wayne kielsmeier

    October 29, 2017, 3:06 pm

    Question if I may – read your info on Lions Tail. Recently bought a very nice one and planted it in a large pot in the sun here in Tucson. Gave it a initial watering, but the tops of the plants are all drooping. More water, or transfer shock????? Much of it is still blooming, but the drooping does not look right. Should I do something or just leave it alone.
    Thank you,
    Wayne Kielsmeier


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