Ella's Garden Plants from A to Z: Leonotis leonurus, 'Staircase', Lion's Tail, Lion's Ear

Common Name: Lion's Tail, Lion's Ear

Genus: Leonotis

Species: leonurus

Cultivar or Variety: 'Staircase'

Characteristics: Atall plant that has bright orange whorls of flowers. If put in a pot, use a deep one. Have had no problems with overwintering in zone 8 .

Germination Tips: Plce in moist papertowel or coffe filter or perlite pellets in the fridge at 40F for 4 weeks, then plant attemps of 67F-75F to break dormancy of seed.

Life Cycle
Annual

Zone Hardiness up to
Zone 6
Zone 7
Zone 8
Zone 9
Zone 10

Endangered Species
No

Heirloom
No

When to Sow Seed
Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring
Late Winter

Germination Temperature
Winter Sow
40-50 F
60-70 F

Seed Sowing Depth
1/16"

Seed Needs Light to Germinate
No

Days to Germination
10-14 days

Sun Exposure
Full Sun

Plant Height
2 - 4 feet

Plant Form
Upright

Blooms
Yes

Bloom Form
Above Foliage
Below Foliage

Flower Color
Orange

Fragrance
Topical

Nutritional Needs
Moist
Dry

Fertile
Yes

Reproduces By
Seed

Potential Hazzards or Invasiveness
Non-Invasive

Cutting Flower
No

Attractive to Wildlife
Birds
Hummingbirds
Butterflies

Additional Uses
Containers
Borders
Planters

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