The Q&A Archives: African Lion Tail

Question: So you know anything about a plant called African lion's tail? It looks like a bush it gets to be 6 feet tall and has orange flowers on it. The petals are long and look like thin tubes. Very strange. It's said to attract humingbirds

Answer: Leonotis leonurus is commonly called Lion's Tail. It's a tall shrubby plant, producing striking whorls of burnt orange furry flowers, from midsummer into autumn. It grows best in full sunshine and needs protection from hard frost. The tubular flowers are attractive to hummingbirds. You can purchase seeds od Leonotis from Thompson & Morgan, Inc., PO Box 1308, Jackson, NJ 08527-0308. Phone (800) 274-7333.

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