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Justicia brandegeeana AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse or Houseplant

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H1b (heated greenhouse - subtropical)

Colour

Flower

Pink and White in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

shrimp plant

Family

Acanthaceae


Justicia can be evergreen perennials or shrubs, with simple leaves and spikes or clusters of tubular, 2-lipped flowers often with conspicuous bracts

J. brandegeeana is a lax evergreen shrub to 1m in height, with ovate leaves and compact arching spikes composed of conspicuous overlapping pink bracts and small tubular white flowers borne over a long period

Other common names

  • Brazilian shower plant
  • caterpillars
  • false hop
  • fountain plant
  • lobster plant
  • Mexican shrimp plant
  • shrimp bush
  • shrimp plant

Synonym(s)

  • Beloperone guttata
  • Justicia guttata

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow under glass or in a sheltered frost-free enviroment. Pinch out tips to promote compact plants. Best replaced when they become leggy

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed, softwood or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 9

Pests

May be attacked by glasshouse red spider mite and glasshouse whitefly

Diseases

Generally disease free