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.
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.