"lenothis leonurus" Lions Tail - Knowledgebase Question

Lake Balboa, Ca
Question by Ingridsbarn
October 10, 2005
What is the best care for this plant? How much sun?

Answer from NGA
October 10, 2005


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.

Best wishes with your garden!

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