Friday, January 23, 2015

Lion's Tail

Leonotis leonurus
A massive, fast growing, shrubby perennial, reaching up to 9 x 6 feet, that is native to South Africa.
The narrow leaves, up to 4 inches in length, are downy, mid-green.
The bright orange flowers, up to 2 inches long, are borne in whorls along the stems during autumn.
Hardy zones 9 to 10 ( tolerating 14 F with deep winter mulch ) in full sun on fertile, well drained soil. Propagation is from cutting or seed sown during spring.

* photos taken on Oct 22 2013 in Towson, MD

* photos taken on Oct 21 2014 @ Smithsonian Inst., Washington, DC

Also called 'Snow Tiger'. White flowers, otherwise identical.


  1. I tried this species in my garden a few years ago; it was in bloom when I got it in the spring, but then stopped blooming and never bloomed again. And not quite hardy enough!

  2. Such a beautiful plant...I wish it would survive Maryland or zone 7 winters.

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