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Golden shrimp plant

Pachystachys lutea

Lollipop plant, Golden candles (Eng.)

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.

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.

Geography

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 flowers in golden yellow bracts., White
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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