Leonotis leonorus variety albiflora
WHITE LION’S TAIL
Pays its way with abundant long blooming
This is the sought after white form of the common orange Leonotis leonorus var. albiflora White Lion’s Tail.
Although it is equally as hardy and tough as the common orange bush, it is ever so much more elegant in flower and compact in growth.
The flowers are fragrant, and make excellent cut flowers too. The foliage is freshly aromatic.
So it is a gift that it is continuously in bloom from mid spring, all the way through to late autumn.
White Lion’s Tail is an exceptionally hardy shrub to 1.2m. high approx.
Water wise & tough
Lion’s Tail has been forged by its’ native habitat to tolerate summer humidity, as well as considerable heat and dry.
It is naturally very drought hardy once established.
So it is an excellent water-wise choice for gardeners wanting to conserve precious water.
Combine all this with an exceptionally long blooming performance, and it becomes a valuable asset to you and the birds.
Well adapted to poor soil & hard conditions
Lion’s Tail prefers sandy soils, and soils that are not too rich. Frequent fertilizing is not desirable as it prefers to be grown lean.
However good drainage is essential.
It also much prefers alkaline pH, so do give it a good handful of lime in spring and autumn, unless you already garden on alkaline country.
Therefore very suitable for seaside and low maintenance gardens.
Multiple plantings make a lovely and very hardy hedge or informal screen, which the birds and bees will be ever grateful for.
Not suitable for NSW gardeners.
– Height with flowers: 1.2m. approx..
– Width: 1.2m. approx..
– Position: Full Sun. Very drought hardy..
– Soil: Sandy, rocky and very well drained soils preferred. Enjoys lime.
– Fragrance: Flowers are nicely scented.
– Frost: Frost hardy to approx. -10C.
– Growth: Evergreen shrub.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Native Honeyeater birds delight in it, as do bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
– Beware: Do not eat.
– Care: Exceptionally hardy, easy and low maintenance.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant:
– Origin: Native to southern Africa where it grows in open grasslands.
– Common names: “Lion’s Tail” and “Wild Dagga”.
– Traditional Uses: Traditional village societies in southern Africa have used it for centuries for many different herbal medicines, to treat ailments as diverse as snakebite to diabetes. Some also believe it to have spiritual properties for religious purposes. However it is showing promise in the modern science labs as containing chemicals that may prove very useful in treating cardiac malfunction.