Leonotis leonurus

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ritamax

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Leonotis leonurus
« on: November 11, 2012, 06:01:49 PM »
Such a pretty plant, this Leonotis leonurus. I see it quite often as a bedding plant here in Switzerland, but as a perennial I haven't seen it in Spain, although it should be suitable there. Do you have experience with it?
Hobbygardener (MGS member) with a rooftop garden in Basel and a garden on heavy clay with sand 600m from seaside in Costa Blanca South (precipitation 300mm), learning to garden waterwise

pamela

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Re: Leonotis leonurus
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2012, 06:04:30 PM »
Absolutely...mine are still flowering now (November) after a mammoth effort all summer.  A great and beautiful plant
Jávea, Costa Blanca, Spain
Min temp 5c max temp 38c  Rainfall 550 mm 

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 Who asks, sees the roots."
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ritamax

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Re: Leonotis leonurus
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2012, 06:22:02 PM »
Great to hear, thanks a lot!
Hobbygardener (MGS member) with a rooftop garden in Basel and a garden on heavy clay with sand 600m from seaside in Costa Blanca South (precipitation 300mm), learning to garden waterwise

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Fermi

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Re: Leonotis leonurus
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2013, 05:05:12 AM »
This was a common shrub in "old-fashioned gardens" around Melbourne; I had "inherited" one in my previous garden and had to constantly cut it down to rejuvenate it and stop it overtopping the fence!
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fermi
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Trevor Australis

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Re: Leonotis leonurus
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2013, 12:44:09 AM »
I've had both orange and white forms but they got too big for our garden. Each reached well over 2m x 1.5m in this Med climate garden. They are very old cottage garden plants here brought from gardens at Cape Town by settlers sailing out to Australia and NZ. Cape Town was the final port of call before the big jump across the Indian and Southern Oceans so it was the place where colonists made the most of their last chance to get things for their new homes. Even so plant losses were extremely high as they had to be kept on the open decks or in the dank, dark cabins below decks.
M Land. Arch., B. Sp. Ed. Teacher, traveller and usually climate compatible.

Alice

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Re: Leonotis leonurus
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2013, 03:45:51 PM »
I am considering growing this plant (the white form) from seed. However, I noticed that Heidi Gildemeister (in "Mediterranean Gardening - a Waterwise Approach") says that it is summer dormant. Does it drop its leaves in summer if not watered? And, if so, how much water would it need to stay looking good?
Amateur gardener who has gardened in north London and now gardens part of the year on the Cycladic island of Paros. Conditions: coastal, windy, annual rainfall 350mm, temp 0-35 degrees C.

Jamus

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Re: Leonotis leonurus
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2013, 12:50:49 AM »

Great hardy plant for Adelaide. I want one but I can see myself running out of space... Maybe that white one trevor has is the go?
Long hot summers, mild wet winters. Rainfall approx. 600mm pa.
Summer maximums over 40 degrees, winter minimums occasionally below freezing.
Gardening on neutral clay loam and sandy loam.

Daisy

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Re: Leonotis leonurus
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2013, 12:41:53 PM »
I really fancied one of these. I have just the spot for it, or so I thought ???
2 metres x 1.5 metres Trevor?
Help! I will have to rethink that.
Daisy :)
Amateur gardener, who has gardened in Surrey and Cornwall, England, but now has a tiny garden facing north west, near the coast in north east Crete. It is 300 meters above sea level. On a steep learning curve!!! Member of both MGS and RHS

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John J

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Re: Leonotis leonurus
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2015, 01:24:14 PM »
Came back from the cool of the Greek mountains to the heat of Cyprus to find the Leonotis leonurus blazing as brightly as the sun.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)