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Plants of the UNF Campus

Leonotis leonurus - Lion’s tail
Family Lamiaceae


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.

Care Instructions:

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 spring.

Leonotis leonurus