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Lion's Tail Leonotis leonurus


The lion's tail Leonotis leonurus is named for its flower stalks, which look tufted like the big cat's tail. The leaves and flowers contain volatile oils and are used for a variety of medicinal purposes, from an ointment for burns and skin rashes to a tea to help asthma symptoms and menopause complaints.

Lion's tail is highly valued in Africa by the Hottentot people. And in Southern California gardens, as well as in theSafari Park's Heart of Africa, the bright orange, tubular flowers are a favorite for hummingbirds.