HORTIPHILE

notes, musings and rants from plant lovers

Plant of the Moment

written by: Lisa Van Cleef posted: August 15, 2010

August15

With thousands of plants to tempt us, it’s impossible for us to ever decide on a plant of the day, much less a plant of the week.

The Hortiphile is happiest with a Plant of the Moment.  This moment?  It’s the South African Lion’s Tail.

One of the wildest flowers in the garden

A gorgeous beast of a shrub, the lion’s tail grow to about 5 feet tall and explodes with an outrageous flower show every August.  Not only fabulous in the garden, they make great cut flowers, too.  Bees and hummingbirds love them.  And so will you.  Drought tolerant, this star from the mint family takes all kinds of neglect yet simply doesn’t care.  She gets it together, rises to the occasion and shows us what star power is.

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