Plants of the UNF Campus

Justicia brandegeeana - Shrimp plant
Family Acanthaceae

Description:

 

Over 400 species of Justicia can be found around the world, mostly in warm climates. This shrimp plant is a scrambling herb from Mexico. As with bougainvillea, colorful, long-lasting bracts (yellow, pink or reddish) enclose short-lived flowers. These colorful bracts provide a long season of color in the garden and may help attract pollinators. The flowers are visited by hummingbirds. 

 

Location:

See plants under the oaks at the entrance to parking garage 44.

Size:

Herbaceous plant to about one to two feet tall.

Care Instructions:

Light: part shade

Water: drought tolerant when established, may benefit from irrigation during droughts

Soil: very adaptable, no special requirements

This is an easy plant for northeast Florida. Grow in part shade in a well-drained soil. Shrimp plant is evergreen into the mid-20’s F.