Leonotis leonurus

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Leonotis leonurus, R. Br. Branched perennial with hairy stems, shrubby, 3-6 ft. high: Leaves-2 in. long, lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate, obtuse, coarsely serrate, narrowed at the base, pubescent: corolla more than thrice as long as the calyx, red-yellow or orange-red, 1 1/2 -1 3/4 in. long, pilose, the upper lip large and the lower small; stamens not exserted. S. Afr. B.M. 478 (as Phlomis Leonurus). Var. gloodsa nana, is a dwarf form, not exceeding 2 1/2 ft. in all, and with a regular and rounded habit of growth. It is said that L. Leonurus has become a menace in S. Afr., with laws to provide for its destruction. In the North, Leonotis cuttings should be started in early spring, the young plants transplanted to the open in May and thereafter frequently pinched to make a symmetrical instead of a straggling bush, and if the plants do not flower before frost, they can be cut back, lifted and brought into a cool greenhouse to flower in Nov. or Dec. A southern enthusiast says that they are as easy to cultured as a geranium. There is a white flowered form.

'Leonotis dysophylla" Benth., has orange-yellow flowers, and differs from L. Leonurus also in the broader leavesand longer calyx-teeth. S. Afr. B.M. 8404.—L. nepetaefolia. R. Br. Annual, 1 1/2-6 ft., with 4-angled Stem: leaves ovate, round-toothed; bracts spinescent: flowers yellow or orange-red, in distant-globose bur-like whorls; corolla 1 in. long. Many tropics; reported as a showy plant in Porto Rico. CH

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