Red Shrimp Plant
By emerald goddess gardens tm.
Red shrimp plant. The plant prefers fresh air and temperatures in the 65 to 75 degrees f. Ideal winter temperatures are about 55 to 65 degrees f. Justicia brandegeeana mexican shrimp plant shrimp plant or false hop is an evergreen shrub in the genus justicia of the family acanthaceae native to mexico and also naturalized in florida. The red shrimp plant produces a continuous display of upright to arching spikes composed of large showy maroon bracts from which the individual maroonish red and white tubular flowers emerge in spring and summer to year round under warm tropical conditions.
The common shrimp plant is also known as the red shrimp plant due to its rust colored flower bracts which resemble large shrimp. A terrific tropical shrub to use in pots on patios or feature in entryways. But it s the white flower inside the bracts that attracts both hummingbirds and butterflies. Shrimp plant justicia brandegeana is an attractive tropical perennial and a must have for a hummingbird garden.
It thrives in the understory a partially shaded area of tropical forests. A frost tender evergreen that will bloom nearly year round in warmer winter regions. Great packing and plant condition upon arrival. Golden shrimp plant pachystachys lutea.
This plant requires well drained soil. Requires little care other than occasional trimming. The leaves are oval green 3 7 5 cm long. The shrimp plant needs plenty of light but not direct sunlight.
If you keep them outdoors in summer they can handle both sun or shade as long as the sun is not too strong. Other varieties include the following. There are other varieties of shrimp plant which are less common but all equally interesting. Browse pictures and read growth cultivation information about justicia red shrimp plant justicia brandegeeana red pinecone supplied by member gardeners in the plantfiles database at dave s g.
Red shrimp heirloom shade garden live plant justicia unusual flower attracts butterflies hummingbirds starter size 4 inch pot emeralds tm. It grows to 1 m tall rarely more with spindly limbs. Bright rosy pink to salmon colored flower like bracts are sure to garner attention with their unique shrimp like appearance. The mexican shrimp plant or justicia brandegeeana is a native of guatemala honduras and as its name implies mexico.