Golden Shrimp Plant

Pachystachys lutea

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Evergreen shrub species that typically grows to around a metre tall, producing dark green, lance-shaped foliage. Flowers are 2-lipped, white and surrounded by large, showy yellow modified leaves, termed bracts. Pachystachys lutea is a tender species, it is grown outdoors in warm and tropical climates and indoors as a container plant in colder climates.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Cuttings

Root soft wood cuttings in summer (using bottom heat will help too) and a moist light potting mix.

Special features

Pot plant

Plant in a fast draining potting soil mix. Keep the soil damp and water frequently during summer, sparingly winter time. Repot every 2 - 3 years.

Indoor plant

Place indoors in areas of bright light but no direct sunlight.

Special features

Origin

South America, Peru

Natural climate

Tropical

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Acanthaceae

Flower colour

White, Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

White flies and Red spider mites may be troublesome when grown indoors. Provide good ventilation to keep plants healthy.
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