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Leonotis nepetifolia var nepetifolia 'Staircase'

Just £1.49

3 Reviews
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A handsome, decorative plant with tall stems containing "steps" or whorls of bright orange flowers. Ideal for the back of borders, or as a talking point planted in large containers on the patio or conservatory.


Sun or semi shade

150cm (60in)


In a warm sheltered spot they may overwinter successfully outdoors if protected from hard frosts with bracken etc. For container plants water freely from June to late August and sparingly through the winter when they will need a minimum temperature of 5-7C (40-45F). Cut back to within 15cm (6in) of the ground in late February.

Sow from mid February to March on the surface of a good seed compost just covering the seed with a thin layer of compost or vermiculite. Germination takes 14-21 days at 18-20C (65-70F). Sealing in a polythene bag after sowing is helpful. Lower the temperature after germination. The seedlings are naturally tall and look a little like nettle seedlings at first.

When large enough to handle, transplant the seedlings to boxes or 7.5cm (3in) pots. When well grown gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions and plant out in late spring 1-1.25m (3-4ft) apart in full sun and well drained soil.


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A final word 2012-10-29

I reviewed these back in June and it is now late October. These plants are currently standing at 8ft 4inches and still flowering and judging by the little 'sputniks' at the top there are more flowers yet to come. I have had two frosts in the garden and these have remained unscathed. Seed for next year have been purchased and I will plant them right at the back of the border. Rather than 'Staircase' I think they should have been called ' Space Needle'

Interesting freebie 2012-08-27

I received these seeds as part of a pick and mix from T&M and had no previous knowledge about them. i like the previous reviewer would have thought they were nettles in the early months had i not planted them myself. But they are a delight once mature esp in clumps of 7-9 - if you have the room as they do spread. Mine are now in aug close on 7 ft high - hope i can keep them alive over their first winter - well worth a bash

A cute curiosity 2012-06-18

I only bought the seeds for the sake of curiosity. They are quite fun apart from keeping the under gardener away, who kept thinking they were dead nettles. They have survived and are a source of interest especially as the little grey green 'sputniks are just starting to open from tiny orange spots into flowers. I wish I had planted them in larger groups to make a bigger effect .I will have to plant them again next year. If you have the space give them a try