The Main Plant entry for Lions Tail (Leonotis)

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Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Toxicity: Other: may cause skin irritation
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger


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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 20, 2013 8:53 PM

"Leonotis is a genus of flowering plants in the family Lamiaceae. It comprises 9 species. One of these, Leonotis nepetifolia, is native to tropical Africa and southern India. It is naturalized throughout most of the tropics. The other 8 species are endemic to southern Africa.

Leonotis was named by Robert Brown in 1810 in Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae et Insulae Van Diemen. The name means "lion's ear".

Leonotis is a member of the subfamily Lamioideae. Leonotis might be paraphyletic or even polyphyletic because Leonotis leonurus is not closely related to the other species. In 2009, it was shown that Leonotis and 3 other genera are embedded in Leucas, a genus of about 100 species. If the 4 embedded genera were merged with Leucas, the expanded Leucas would have about 132 species."

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Name change? by Dutchlady1 Feb 28, 2012 4:27 AM 2
Lion's Ear (Leonotis) by virginiarose Feb 28, 2012 7:05 AM 4
Leonotis leonurus versus Leonotis nepetifolia by MrsBinWY Oct 27, 2019 12:29 PM 2
Can you ID this plant for me by phyllisare May 6, 2019 5:51 AM 2
What Are You Going To Buy For 2019? by Marilyn Jun 26, 2019 8:39 PM 106
is this a weed ? by shalyn Jul 21, 2018 1:33 PM 2
How to trim Lion's Tail? by Leo4 May 16, 2018 2:47 PM 3
Orange flowering shrub by carolem May 4, 2018 4:18 AM 3
What is the name for this 'flowering' plant? by jeaniesabbagha Nov 22, 2017 11:09 AM 4
Blooming in September... by wcgypsy Sep 30, 2017 11:50 AM 21
Can anyone identify these? by dalbenie Mar 29, 2017 7:15 PM 4
fuschia/ annual flower by gardenladybj Feb 28, 2017 11:41 AM 4

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