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Leonotis leonurus

Common names: Wild Dagga (E); umCwili (Z); Wildedagga (A); imVovo (X);

Native to: Southern Africa
Shrub

Leonotis leonurus

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

FROST HARDY

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

ATTRACTS BIRDS

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

2m x 1.5m
FLOWERING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Leonotis leonurus

DESCRIPTION
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 REQUIREMENTS
Water moderately throughout the year.
MAINTENANCE
The Wild Dagga can become very scraggly, so it’s best to cut it back after flowering to maintain a neat form.
LANDSCAPING USES
Use it in an informal mixed border in a bird-friendly garden.
GARDEN THEMES
Country, Fynbos, Grassland, Rockery
FRUIT
PESTS & DISEASES
Seldom attacked by pests and diseases.

4 Responses

  1. Hi Prudence

    The best place to look for it is the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens nursery.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  2. Hi Ramesh

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    It’s always wonderful to hear feedback from someone enjoying their experiences with nature.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

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