WS Leonotis?

ponyexpress_1March 11, 2014

Has anyone tried WS Leonotis staircase or Leonotis leonurus? I have read that it is only hardy to zone 9, but others in places like Indiana zone 5 say they have had it come back. I'm not sure what to do here. Should I wait until April on these? Also, for anyone that has grown it in my zone, will it bloom in time for the hummingbirds?

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bellarosa(z5/IL)

I grew this last year and it bloomed beautifully! I did not WS though. I think I sowed the seeds around the end of May. Beautiful plant.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 10:19AM
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DavidLMO(5 B)

It might come back from self sow - doubtful otherwise as it is only hardy to Z 8 at best. And as you are likely well aware - sometimes it is very hard to tell what is a plant that has come back versus a new plant from self sow.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2014 at 1:18AM
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ponyexpress_1

Thanks for the responses. Bellarosa, were the hummingbirds attracted to it.and when did it bloom for you?

    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 2:23AM
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bellarosa(z5/IL)

They bloomed around mid-July. I wish I took some pics of them. They were so unusual. I don't remember seeing any hummingbirds near them. I'm going to try growing them again - they were actually pretty easy to grow - and I'll make sure to check for hummingbirds!

    Bookmark   March 30, 2014 at 2:32AM
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ponyexpress_1

I decided to grow them indoors. They took a few weeks to sprout. I sowed both the staircase and the verigated variety. I can't wait to them in full bloom. I hope they attract the hummingbirds!

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 12:25AM
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