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Lion's Tail Orange Flower

14 reviews

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This is how we pack and send your Herb Plants to all states except TAS & WA

You will receive
- 1 Lion's Tail Orange Flower Herb Plant in a 50 X 75mm tube - General growing instructions

All of our Herb Plants are grown organically with certified organic potting mixes and fertilizers

Botanical Name: Leonotis leonurus

Lion’s Tail is a large evergreen plant growing to 1-2 meters tall and 50 to 100cm wide. The dark green leaves are held in opposite positions on the square stem. The leaves are lanceolate, 2-10cm long and quite thin, curving downward and may have spiky edges or toothed margins. The leaves decrease in size from the base to the top. They are aromatic when crushed. The long tubular flowers may be a bright orange or creamy white. They are grouped in tiered whorls which go around the stem, rising up the plant to above the foliage in attractive clusters. The flowers are covered in a thick fine down of hairs which extend over the tip creating a fringed effect. They are highly ornamental and bloom in summer or throughout the year in warm climates.

Leonotis leonuris belongs to the family Lamiaceae and is native to South Africa, where it is quite common. The botanical name ’leonuris’ is derived from Greek and refers to the resemblance to a lion’s tail seen by some people. A local common name is Dagga flower. In the wild, Lion’s Tail prefers to grow on hillsides and slopes with intermittent wet and dry periods. Some plant listings mistakenly identify this plant as ‘Motherwort’, due to the similar botanical name of Leonuris cardiaca (LINK). Lion’s Tail is naturalised in some areas of California, Australia and Hawaii.

The white variety is known as ‘Alba’ and the ornamental effect of the white hairs seems to be more pronounced on the white flowers. Beyond this, there does not seem to be very much difference. Both varieties are bird attractants in their native environment, having evolved to accommodate the curved beaks of nectarivorous sun birds.

Growing Conditions

Leonotis leonurus requires at least 6 hours of sun per day for optimum growth. It is drought tolerant once established, but benefits from regular watering when dry. There is no specific soil type required, except that the ground is well drained. This plant is said to be frost tolerant, but may lose its leaves in very frost prone areas and re-grow them when the weather becomes warmer.

Generally the flowering period is in summer, continuing in warm regions through to autumn and even winter in the tropics of Australia. In cooler parts of the world, this plant is grown in conservatories for its ornamental value. Pruning may be beneficial to encourage repeat flowering and tidiness.

Medicinal Uses

Leonotis leonurus has a long history of medicinal use by traditional African tribes. It was commonly used for headaches, flu, dysentery, chest infections, epilepsy, constipation, intestinal worms, insect bites, snake bites, menstrual delays and hypertension. Externally it was used for haemorrhoids, eczema, skin rashes, boils and other wounds. Benefits have also been found when using this plant for arthritic, painful and inflammatory conditions and controlling hypoglycemic symptoms. The latter has been found to be supported by scientific research.

This plant has a history of being used for its psychoactive properties which have been compared to a mild version of the Cannabis plant. The dried leaves and flowers are known to create a mild calming effect. The main active constituent is leonine and in high doses the plant is known to be toxic, affecting bodily organs, blood cells and bodily functions.

Modern herbal medicine mainly uses this plant for premenstrual discomfort and a calming tea infusion may be prepared.


All information provided on this website is for informational purposes only. Please seek professional advice before commencing any treatment.


Plant orders placed now will not be sent until the 4th of January, see our latest Delivery information here.

Our shipping costs are a flat rate, meaning you can add any amount of products to your order and you will pay the same.

Regular Post - $10.95
Express Post - $12.95 (If your order contains a plant express is required)


We send (Australia wide, excluding Western Australia and Tasmania):

Monday and Tuesday (for all zones)


We send (Australia wide):

Monday to Friday

*Subjected to actual conditions. Find out more about our Delivery information.


If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, you can either return your order for a full refund or exchange it for online store credit.

Find out more about our Returns information.

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    Eunice T.
    Australia Australia
    Lion's Tail


    Chris V.
    Australia Australia
    lions tail orange flower - one is more than enought -

    Dear Jenni K, you wont need to buy more of this plant. I have just poisened mine because new plants pop up everywhere and it grows well over two meters. I was sorry to have to get rid of it because the birds love the flowers. It was a job to keep it tame.

    Jenni K.
    Australia Australia
    Wonderful healthy plants and quick delivery.

    So happy with the healthy plants I received from Mudbrick Herb Cottage. I will definitely buy more! I also bought some Rosella Tea which is delicious. Thank you for you great service and communication.

    Australia Australia
    Great service

    Plants always arrive quickly and in a very healthy condition. Great selection of drought tolerant but large and pretty plants which I need where I live :)

    Australia Australia
    Great service

    Fast delivery and great quality plants, I will be back regularly to add to my growing herb collection. Thanks Sandra an amazing store and great tips