Leonotis leonurus

Leonotis leonurus or The Staircase Plant is the most statuesque annual you can grow, which gets to 5 or 6 foot in one season. More
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Leonotis leonurus (Lion's Ear or The Staircase Plant) is the most statuesque annual you can grow, reaching 5 or 6 feet in one season.

Leonotis leonurus looks good in the garden and as a cut flower in the vase. Sow early, so you get it to flower long and hard in the summer.

Genus Leonotis leonurus
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name The Staircase Plant, Lion's Ear
Border Position Back
Soil Type Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun, Shelter
Moisture Moist but Well-drained, Well-drained
Height 2-3m (6-10ft)
Spacing Plant 40cm (16in) apart, thin to 50cm (20in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow indoors February - April in modules. Pot up the seedlings into individual pots as soon as the first true leaf appears and plant them out after the last expected frosts.
Care Tips In colder areas grow in a pot and move indoors if you want to keep this as a perennial.
Flowering July - October, 20 weeks from spring sowing
Vase Life These should last 7-10 days in the vase. Sear stem ends in boiling water for 20 seconds.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Reviewed 1st October 2016 by Heather Hockaday

Leonotis leonurus - Saw this wonderful plant for the first time in Monet's garden at Giverny (part of which looks very similar to yours in the video where the metal archways pass over the path in your Cutting Garden) but could not find the name. Through an image search on google, using my photograph, it brought me to your page! How marvellous! I loved your explanations and descriptions in the "Cutting Garden" video and will explore further to see if I can grow this in my own garden. Thank you.