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Useful Tropical Plants

Leonotis leonurus

(L.) R.Br.

Lamiaceae

+ Synonyms

Hemisodon leonurus (L.) Raf.

Leonurus africanus Mill.

Leonurus grandiflorus Moench

Phlomis leonurus L.

Common Name: Lion's Ear

Leonotis leonurus
Flowering plant in Springside Nature Reserve in Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal
Photograph by: JMK
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General Information

Lion's ear is a semi-evergreen shrub growing from 2 - 5 metres tall[
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Title
African Flowering Plants Database
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http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
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Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
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0
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Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
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A popular traditional medicinal herb in S. Africa, the leaves are gathered from the wild and sold in local markets. The plant is widely cultivated as an ornamental in tropical and subtropical gardens, and as a summer bedding plant in the temperate zone. It has also been grown as a hedge plant in Java[
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Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
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Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
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Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.

Range

Southern Africa - S. Africa.

Habitat

Amongst rocks in grassland[
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PlantZAfrica.com
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http://www.plantzafrica.com
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An excellent site giving detailed descriptions and uses of many S. African plants.
]. Locally common at forest margins, on rocky hillsides and river banks and in tall grassland[
395
Title
Pharmaceutical monographs for 60 South African plant species
Publication
 
Author
Scott, G. and Springfield, E.P.
Website
http://www.plantzafrica.com/medmonographs
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
 
Description
A series of 60 monographs of S. African medicinal plants. Well written, with information on traditional uses and modern research into the plants.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitSemi-deciduous Shrub
Height3.00 m
Growth RateFast
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

A plant of subtropical to tropical climates. Plants can tolerate some frost[
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PlantZAfrica.com
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http://www.plantzafrica.com
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An excellent site giving detailed descriptions and uses of many S. African plants.
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Very easily grown, plants are not particularly fussy about soil type, and are easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun[
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Title
KemperCentreForHomeGardeningPlantFinder
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Website
http://www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/plantfinder/
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Missouri Botanical Garden
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0
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Description
Basic cultivation details, plant uses, habitat etc for several thousand species of plants, mainly from the temperate zone.
]. Tolerates some light shade[
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Title
KemperCentreForHomeGardeningPlantFinder
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Website
http://www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/plantfinder/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Basic cultivation details, plant uses, habitat etc for several thousand species of plants, mainly from the temperate zone.
]. Plants like regular moisture, more especially during the growing season[
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Title
PlantZAfrica.com
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Author
 
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http://www.plantzafrica.com
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Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent site giving detailed descriptions and uses of many S. African plants.
,
352
Title
KemperCentreForHomeGardeningPlantFinder
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/plantfinder/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Basic cultivation details, plant uses, habitat etc for several thousand species of plants, mainly from the temperate zone.
].
Young plants grow away rapidly and can reach a height of 1 - 1.8 metres in their first year from seed[
352
Title
KemperCentreForHomeGardeningPlantFinder
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Author
 
Website
http://www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/plantfinder/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Basic cultivation details, plant uses, habitat etc for several thousand species of plants, mainly from the temperate zone.
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Plants can be pruned right back to ground level in their dormant season to encourage lots of new growth[
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PlantZAfrica.com
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http://www.plantzafrica.com
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An excellent site giving detailed descriptions and uses of many S. African plants.
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The flowers produce copious nectar which attracts birds, bees and butterflies[
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PlantZAfrica.com
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Author
 
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http://www.plantzafrica.com
Publisher
 
Year
0
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An excellent site giving detailed descriptions and uses of many S. African plants.
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant is widely used in traditional medicine in southern Africa. Research has shown the presence of a number of medically active compounds including an essential oil, diterpenoid labdane lactones, tannins, quinones, saponins, alkaloids and triterpene steroids[
395
Title
Pharmaceutical monographs for 60 South African plant species
Publication
 
Author
Scott, G. and Springfield, E.P.
Website
http://www.plantzafrica.com/medmonographs
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
 
Description
A series of 60 monographs of S. African medicinal plants. Well written, with information on traditional uses and modern research into the plants.
].
Anti-nematodal activity has been demonstrated for both the aqueous and ethanol extracts of the plant[
395
Title
Pharmaceutical monographs for 60 South African plant species
Publication
 
Author
Scott, G. and Springfield, E.P.
Website
http://www.plantzafrica.com/medmonographs
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
 
Description
A series of 60 monographs of S. African medicinal plants. Well written, with information on traditional uses and modern research into the plants.
].
An aqueous extract of the dried leaves has demonstrated anticonvulsant activity[
395
Title
Pharmaceutical monographs for 60 South African plant species
Publication
 
Author
Scott, G. and Springfield, E.P.
Website
http://www.plantzafrica.com/medmonographs
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
 
Description
A series of 60 monographs of S. African medicinal plants. Well written, with information on traditional uses and modern research into the plants.
].

The leaves are cholagogue, digestive, emmenagogue, hallucinogenic and purgative[
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Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
,
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Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
]. They are used in the treatment of cough, cold, influenza, chest infections, diabetes, hypertension, eczema, epilepsy, delayed menstruation, intestinal worms, constipation, spider bites and scorpion stings and as an antidote for snakebite[
395
Title
Pharmaceutical monographs for 60 South African plant species
Publication
 
Author
Scott, G. and Springfield, E.P.
Website
http://www.plantzafrica.com/medmonographs
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
 
Description
A series of 60 monographs of S. African medicinal plants. Well written, with information on traditional uses and modern research into the plants.
].
Applied externally, they are used for the relief of haemorrhoids, eczema, skin rashes and boils[
395
Title
Pharmaceutical monographs for 60 South African plant species
Publication
 
Author
Scott, G. and Springfield, E.P.
Website
http://www.plantzafrica.com/medmonographs
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
 
Description
A series of 60 monographs of S. African medicinal plants. Well written, with information on traditional uses and modern research into the plants.
].
The leaves are smoked as a hallucinogen[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant has been grown as a hedge in some parts of the world[
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Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
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Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - no pre-treatment is necessary. Seed can be sown in situ, but is best in containers. Germination is usually fast and good. Seedlings grow away quickly and should be potted up as soon as they are large enough to handle. Plant out into their permanent positions when 15cm tall.
Cuttings may be taken in spring from overwintered plants or from garden plants in summer for overwintering.
Division of large clumps[
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PlantZAfrica.com
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Author
 
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http://www.plantzafrica.com
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent site giving detailed descriptions and uses of many S. African plants.
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