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Native to South Africa and a shrub in zones 8-11, but a tropical annual for us in Rockbridge County (zone 7). Name comes from the shape of the flower, thought to be the shape of a lion’s ear. Used in ayurvedic medicine. Leaves are thought to calm the nerves and produce a mild euphoria.  Tea made from the leaves is said to heal burns, ease fever symptoms and can combat malaria. Drought tolerant.
Start indoors and transplant after frost.  Can be direct sown the previous fall for next year's bloom. Self-sows readily.

Leonotis leonurus, Lion's Tail or Lion's Ear

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