Leonotis leonurus / Lion's Ear / Seeds

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Leonotis leonurus / Lion's Ear / Seeds

Lionís Ear is a fast growing small shrub, with bright orange velvety flowers in late summer and autumn.  Flowers sit on strong upright stems and attract lots of pollinators into the garden, with plants growing to a height of 1-2m.

These are great garden plants that can be grown as annuals from spring sowings or kept in pots in a greenhouse over winter and grown as perennials. They need little care and attention and provide excellent late summer colours.  These are traditional medicinal plants.

Plants grow best in full sun and composted well-drained soils.

Pack of 20 seeds.  Sow anytime, typically spring to autumn.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.


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Hardiness Half hardy herbaceous shrub, which can be grown as an annual
Flowers Late summer into autumn
Height 1m - 2m
Spread 60 - 90cm
Conditions  Sun and composted well drained soil
Sow Sow in a tray of seed compost, keep at 20 degrees Celcius and germination takes 1-3 weeks.  Transplant seedlings into small pots when they are big enough to handle and then out into the garden after the last frost.  
Grow Plants grow quickly, particularly from spring sowings.  Keep plants well watered during summer.  After flowering, either remove the plants in autumn if growing as an annual or cut back hard in winter and protect from frost and excessive winter wet. Plants can be grown in pots and brought into a greenhouse in winter.  Protect against red spider mites under glass.  Mature plants can be divided in spring and stem cuttings can be taken in spring and summer.