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Leonotis leonurus (L.) R.Br.
Lion's Ear

Hort.Kew. edn 2, 3:410 (1811)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Alien to Western Australia
Name Status

Shrub, to 3 m high. Fl. orange, Jan or Mar to Apr or Nov. Sandy soils. Wastelands.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 15 August 2007


IBRA Regions
Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain.
IBRA Subregions
Perth, Southern Jarrah Forest.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Capel, Melville, Nedlands, Stirling, Wanneroo.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)

Alternative Names. lion's ear, Cape hemp, minaret flower, red dacha, red dagga, wild dagga, wild hemp.

General Biology. Growth form. Shrub. Reproduction. Seed. Vegetative regeneration strategy. Can produces root suckers.

Notes. Can produce large amounts of seed.

Additional information. Origin. South Africa. History of use/introduction. Garden escape.

Suggested method of management and control. Handpull seedlings or small plants, ensuring you remove the tap root. Try cut and paint with 50% glyphosate for larger plants. Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Flowering O Y Y Y O         O Y O  
Optimum Treatment O O O O O O O O O O O O  

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.



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