Lion's Tail (Leonotis leonurus) in the Lions Tail Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit:Herb/Forb
Life cycle:Perennial
Sun Requirements:Full Sun
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
Plant Height:Up to 6 feet
Plant Spread:2-3 feet
Flower Color:Orange
Bloom Size:1"-2"
Flower Time:Summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations:Xeriscapic
Uses:Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant:Bees
Toxicity:Other: may cause skin irritation
Propagation: Seeds:Suitable for wintersowing
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 jmorth (central Illinois) on Oct 23, 2011 1:49 AM

I believe the Wild Dagga designation refers to the African native perennial that is utilized in native culture to somewhat, shall we say, alter reality on a temporary basis.

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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Aug 8, 2012 4:16 PM

The leaves on this plant are narrow, fuzzy and lanceolate (lance-shaped) with serrated edges.
This is a semi-woody, shrublike perennial in zones 9-11 and sometimes zone 8

native to South Africa

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