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Shrimp Plant

Justicia brandegeeana

Also known as

False Hop, Shrimp Bush, Brazilian Shower Plant, Caterpillars, Fountain Plant, Lobster Plant, Mexican Shrimp Plant, Honolulu-Salvia, False Hop

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Light watering
Tender

H1c-H1b

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1m

50cm

Min

50cm

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Shrimp Plant Overview

Justicia brandegeeana is an evergreen species that produces an array of arching salmon to rose-pink or pale yellow bracts surrounding white flowers in the summer. It will grow to a height of around 1m and has a spread of approximately 60cm. It has a bushy habit and is not frost hardy, keep above 10 degrees Celsius, plant in a position of partial sun, in moist, well-draining soil for optimal growth.

Common problems with Shrimp Plant

How to harvest Shrimp Plant

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Shrimp Plant

Seed

Cuttings

Take softwood cuttings in summer & semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer or early autumn.

Special features of Shrimp Plant

Attracts bees

Other uses of Shrimp Plant

Grown as a houseplant this evergreen can be moved outside into sheltered patio during the summer.

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