A drought-resistant shrub with long, softly hairy, tapering leaves.
Despite its common name, its foliage has no known benefits related to those of the notorious related species. The unique tower of bright orange velvety flowers are irresistible to Sunbirds. It is common to see them positioned (almost upside-down) on the tall stems, feasting on the pendulous flowers carried in whorls at the tops of each stem.
WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
The nectar rich flowers of Leonotis leonurus are guaranteed to attract sunbirds to your garden.
Water moderately throughout the year.
The Wild Dagga can become very scraggly, so it’s best to cut it back after flowering to maintain a neat form.
Use it in an informal mixed border in a bird-friendly garden.
As a landscaper who specialises in indigenous, wildlife-friendly gardens, I draw my inspiration from nature and strive to create gardens that contribute to the biodiversity of an area. In my journey, I see spectacular plants and the fascinating creatures that co-exist with them.This plant book shares a constantly growing collection of the marvels that I’ve encountered. I hope it will give you an increased appreciation of our indigenous flora and fauna and spur you into restoring the natural ecology of the area in which you live.