Shrimpin' Shrimptastic! Get Into It.

|Justicia brandegeana bloom detail|

|Justicia brandegeana bloom detail|

Here's a little something to snazz up your indoors and out...Justicia brandegeana also referred to as the Shrimp Plant.  Good ol' shrimpy, here, comes to us from Mexico and is ready to put something festive into your floral forecast.  Justicia brandegeana is an evergreen shrub that likes to grow 2 to 3 feet tall and wide.  Most of the year, it likes to unfurl festively colored bracts that remind me a bit of the fanciful dragons you see parading around the streets during Chinese New Year celebrations.  From these bracts emerge tropically tubular white flowers with spotted patterned throats of purple.  The overall look some say is shrimp-like.  I find it to look more like exotic streamers made of colorfully smooth crepe.

|Justicia brandegeana profile|

|Justicia brandegeana profile|

In temperate climates, Justicia brandegeana is the perfect plant to bring a carnival of color indoors.  Out of doors it likes temps no lower than 32 degrees fahrenheit/o degrees celsius.  It looks smashing in containers or grown in the ground near entryways or close to windows where one can watch the hummingbirds feast on its nectar.  Give it fertile, well-draining soil, regular water, and part shade or filtered light situations.  In full sun, the flower bracts tend to fade and look washed out.  One trick to making Justicia brandegeana look amazing is to pinch and prune it constantly, when young, so that it spurts out new bushy growth giving you more stems for fuller form and shrimpin' shrimptastic blooms.