Justicia brandegeanaItem #5409 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
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A terrific tropical shrub to use in pots on patios, or feature in entryways. Bright rosy-pink to salmon-colored flower-like bracts are sure to garner attention with their unique shrimp-like appearance. Requires little care other than occasional trimming. A frost-tender evergreen that will bloom nearly year-round in warmer winter regions.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:jus-TIS-ee-a brand-ee-gee-AH-naPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:12, 13, 15 - 17, 21 - 27Growth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Summer; blooms nearly year-round in warm winter areas.Flower color:WhiteFlower attributesShowy FlowersGarden styleTropicalDesign 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)
- CareCare InformationProvide humus-rich, evenly moist, well-drained soil. Best flower color with part shade, particularly in hotter regions; shelter from harsh afternoon sun exposures. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, prune annually after flowering.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
- History & LoreHistory: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.