The Q&A Archives: "lenothis leonurus" Lions Tail

Question: What is the best care for this plant? How much sun?

Answer: Lion's Tail (Leonotis leonurus) is a member of the mint family. It is a shrubby, branching perennial growing 3 to 6 feet high with 2- to 5 inch long hairy-toothed leaves. The tubular flowers are 2 inches long, bright red, yellow, or orange-red, and bloom in late spring and autumn. This plant is native to Africa.

Leonotis may be planted outdoors in California and the South; it may be grown as an annual in the North, or brought into a greenhouse during winter. It should be planted in full sun, as it will not flower in the shade. It prefers a dry soil and is drought-resistant. Water deeply and infrequently.

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