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Name: Danita
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Danita
Feb 25, 2015 7:12 PM CST
FYI, The plant in this photo is misidentified. It is actually Golden Shrimp Plant (Pachystachys lutea)
Name: Beverly
Colima, Mexico (Zone 11a)
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vitrsna
Feb 25, 2015 10:21 PM CST
Hi Danita...Is this the accepted classification for the same plant? Or are we talking about two entirely different species?
Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
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HamiltonSquare
Feb 26, 2015 12:54 AM CST
Looks like @piksihk also needs in on this.
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Name: Zuzu
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Feb 26, 2015 1:23 AM CST

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Danita already posted a comment on piksihk's photo, so there's a thread about it in this forum. Smiling
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
Feb 26, 2015 10:05 AM CST
Hi Beverly,

Although both are in the family Acanthaceae, they are different species and are even in different genera.

Justicia brandegeeana 'Yellow Queen' flower spikes are pendulous and have light yellowish-green bracts, like this:

The leaves are also different and tend to be a bit smaller, lighter green and less glossy on the Justicia brandegeeana.

I've grown both and loved them both. My hummingbirds have used both of them as they do most Acanthaceae plants that I've tried. I really enjoy the Acanthaceae family of plants and always snatch up any new species/varieties I find to try. Green Grin!
Name: Beverly
Colima, Mexico (Zone 11a)
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vitrsna
Feb 26, 2015 10:59 AM CST
Thank you so much Danita! Thumbs up I have already moved the photos to the Golden Shrimp plant databasefile with the help of @zuzu. I too am a big fan of the Acanthaceae family and hope to find more Justicia species because it is especially popular as a host plant for butterflies here. The Golden Shrimp plant was a gift a few years ago and i was told it was a Yellow J. brandegeeana and just didn't question that. I should have become suspicious because the crescent butterflies use the Red Shrimp plant as a host but have never touched the Golden Yellow although the hummingbirds seem to like both plants equally well. I call them my hummingbird feeders...year around, no need for plastic feeders with sugar water.
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
Mar 1, 2015 3:28 PM CST
There are a lot of interesting plants in the Acanthaceae family. I bet you can grow a lot of the gorgeous short-day bloomers that won't bloom here without a greenhouse. I'm a little jealous... Green Grin! (see, I'm green with envy!)
I agree, it's a lot more fun to spend your time growing a pretty plant than scrubbing hummingbird feeders clean.
I love your pretty avatar!
(and Thank You! for the acorn )

Name: Beverly
Colima, Mexico (Zone 11a)
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vitrsna
Mar 1, 2015 7:20 PM CST
The avatar is a "Bordered Patch" butterfly and common throughout Mexico. They look like bandits with a black masks on the head.

I'm lucky because i can grow year around which enables me to have nectar plants year around so i can get away with not using the plastic hummingbird feeders but people farther north don't have the option. In 2013 i declared my garden goal to be year around nectar plants for the butterflies, hummers, and bees. It is not so easy because the tropical rains come about mid July through mid October. It is still warm, but the rains come down so heavily if they don't drown the plants, they will at least knock off all the blossoms, or uproot them. I think 2013 was the first year of year around nectar availability and it made me so happy. Now i think i have the right plants and preparations to realize year around nectar blooms. It wasn't easy though Rolling my eyes. 2915 is the year of taking the soil seriously and it's a lot dirtier than 2013 was. Tropical plants (most of them) need very good drainage and every year i have some plants that drown. So this is what i'm trying to fix this year.

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