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Leonotis leonurus
Leonotis leonurus

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Zones 8-28, H1, H2
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Minimal Water
Minimal

Leonotis leonurus

Lion’s Tail
Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Evergreen, Shrubs

Mint-family member from South Africa. Branching to 4–6 ft. tall and wide. Hairy, square stems carry opposite pairs of narrow, toothed, 2–5-in.-long leaves. Blooms in summer and into autumn, with showy, dense whorls of tubular, deep orange, 2-in. flowers covered with a furlike coat of fine hairs. Striking if kept well groomed. If frost hits, cut the plant back to live growth in spring. Naturalized in Hawaii. There is also a white-flowered form, L. l. albiflora.

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