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Botanical Garden

Justicia brandegeeana - Shrimp plant

Family Acanthaceae


 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.


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


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.