About fourteen species of Leonotis are native to Africa with
one species ranging to India.
Lion’s tail is the commonest in cultivation in Florida. It grows as a tall, upright clump
of stems. Flowers are clusters of orange tubes produced through summer to the
first hard freeze.
See plants along the south side of building 832B.
Herbaceous perennial to about six feet tall.
Light: full sun
Water: average, somewhat drought tolerant
Soil: average soil, no special requirements
Lion’s tail is an easy plant for a sunny, well-drained soil
in northeast Florida.
It is evergreen in warmer climates. In Jacksonville,
a hard freeze will kill it to the ground and it usually resprouts the following
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