Leonotis menthifolia

Mint-scented Lion's Tail
Plant Type

Perennial shrub

Evergreen-Deciduous

Evergreen

Overall Mature Size

Small

Mature Height & Spread

3 feet x 3 feet

Exposure

Full sun

Water

Low water, once established

Flower Color

Tawny Orange

Bloom Time

Spring through Fall

Special Features

Very Low Water Requirement, Attracts Pollinators, Disease resistent

Container Sizes

#1, #5

Sunset Garden Zones

8-24

This showy perennial shrub has mint-green foliage that, unlike the commonly grown Leonotis leonurus, will not become woody at the base. At 3 feet tall and wide, it has a nice round upright habit and tawny orange tubular flowers on circular discs that make this an excellent pollinator plant, attracting bees, hummingbirds and butterflies. The flowers begin in Spring and continue through the Fall. In coastal areas of California, it has been known to bloom year-round. Tolerant of many conditions, it is disease resistant, deer resistant and drought tolerant. It will perform best in a fairly rich well-drained soil.

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