Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

May, 2008
Regional Report

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Plants for Shade
This Plants for Shade Web site from Clemson University provides an extensive list for the south. It's a great resource.

Favorite or New Plant

Shrimp Plant
Shrimp plant (Justicia brandegeana) is an easy-care, pest- and disease-free flowering plant. The white flowers are interesting but rather inconspicuous. It is the 4- to 6-inch arching, terminal, salmon red to rusty brown bracts that provide the ornamental appeal. These bracts resemble curved shrimp atop the plant's stems. Shrimp plant blooms almost continuously from spring through fall. A great low-maintenance option for otherwise color-challenged bright, shady spots in the landscape. The colorful bracts are good for cutting and use in floral displays. Hummingbirds love it. Shrimp plant is perennial in zone 8a and higher. It may survive farther north in protected spots and with a thick winter mulch.

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