Leonotis leonurus, or Lion's Ear, is a plant endemic to Southern Africa. It is named for its characteristic lion-like ear-shaped leaves. The flowers are tubular and range in colour from orange to red.
Lion's Ear is a fast-growing, drought-tolerant plant that can reach up to four meters in height. It thrives in well-drained soils in full sun or partial shade.
The leaves and flowers of Lion's Ear are both edible and have a spicy, peppery flavour. They can be used in salads, teas, or cooked dishes. Lion's Ear is also known for its medicinal properties, particularly as a treatment for respiratory problems.
Lion's Ear is a beautiful and versatile plant that can be enjoyed both in the wild and in the garden. If you're lucky enough to see one in the wild, be sure to take a closer look!