Justicia brandegeanaItem #5409 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
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A terrific tropical element to use in pots on patios, or feature in entryways. Blooming nearly year-round, bright rosy-pink to salmon-colored shrimp-like flower-like bracts are sure to grab attention. This clump-forming shrub requires little care other than occasional trimming. Evergreen in frost-free areas.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.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:Blooms year-round in mild climates.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, 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:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
- 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.