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Red Shrimp Plant
Acanthaceae
Justicia brandegeeana


Thunder
Thunder
Flower Petal # 1
Main Color    
Color 2    
Type Categories Useful Parts

Herb

Acanthaceae Family

Justicia Genus
Other Names for this Plant

false hop, shrimp bush


Location

Justicia brandegeana is native to Mexico

Physical Description
The popular shrimp plant grows in clumps of weak, twiggy stems that get 3-5 ft (1-1.5 m) tall, 3 ft (1 m) wide, and may spread to form a large colony. The branching stems are tipped by 6 in (15 cm) drooping spikes of dark red to rusty brown bracts, each bract enclosing a tounguelike white flower. Shrimp plant is evergreen in mild climates, and blooms almost continuously. The leaves are oval, light green and 2-3 in (5-8 cm) long. The young stems and the undersides of the leaves are soft and downy. There are cultivars with yellow bracts, bright red bracts, and others with lime green bracts.


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Acanthaceae
Lamiales
Lamiales
Tounge Order (Mints)
Euasterids I
Euasterids I
Real Stars Group One
Asteridae
Asteridae
Class of Stars (Daisies)
Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
Plants
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

Cultivation: Shrimp plant does well in full to part sun. Shrimp plant likes a fertile, well drained soil; water generously in hot weather to keep plant looking fresh. USDA Zone 8-11. Shrimp plant is killed to the ground by hard frosts but usually recovers quickly when warm weather returns

Propagation: Start new plants from stem cuttings in spring or by division of clumps

Stem cuttings with bottom heat in the spring. It is best to propagate any type of cuttings in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent the moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while.

Uses: Use shrimp plant in mixed perennial beds and borders, wherever you want a mass of continuous color - they bloom almost all year long! Keep the bushes tip pruned to promote bushiness and increase flowering. In cooler climates, shrimp plant is grown in a container, to be brought indoors in winter.



Red Shrimp Plant
Flower



Red Shrimp Plant
Shrimp showing white flowers and showy pinkish bracts



Red Shrimp Plant
leaves

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