• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Exotic and Colorful
    Blooms:
    Blooms year-round in mild climates.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:jus-TIS-ee-a brand-ee-gee-AH-na
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:12, 13, 15 - 17, 21 - 27
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Blooms year-round in mild climates.
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleTropical
    Design IdeasThis is a great semi-tropical plant for sheltered locations and on the coast. Makes fine foundation planting under arbors and awnings. Ideal for courtyards and even atriums, but also does well out in the garden, where its drooping flower heads nod and sway in the breeze. Plant near a spa to enjoy its unique prawn-like bracts and hidden flowers up close.
    Companion PlantsPrincess Flower (Tibouchina); Banana (Musa); Lantana (Lantana); Canna (Canna); Jatropha (Jatropha)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide humus-rich, well-drained soil with consistent moisture. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This genus contains over 400 tropical species and was named after James Justice, a Scots gardener and author of a 1754 book, British Gardener's Directory. The species is indigenous to Mexico and named for a famous American botanical explorer, Townsend S. Brandegee (1834-1945). He was responsible for introduction of many Mexican and drought resistant plants into California.