Over four hundred species of Justicia are native to the world’s tropics. Several have showy
flowers and are grown in warm gardens. This plant is native to Mexico.
Spikes of orange flowers are produced in summer. The flowers are attractive to
Shrub to about six feet tall.
Light: full sun to part shade
Water: moderately drought tolerant
Soil: ordinary, well-drained soil, no other special requirements
This tropical plant is not widely grown in north Florida. It is evergreen
to the mid-20’s F. We have not yet learned the winter temperature that kills it
back to the ground, or kills it completely.
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