Shrimp Plant - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Roger Frobe
Signal Mtn, TN
Question by charissima
September 23, 1999
I am interested in growing shrimp plant in my area. Need basic information on plant horticulture, sources for plants or seeds, varieties, seasons, etc.

Answer from NGA
September 23, 1999


The shrimp plant is Justicia Brandegeana. It's available through, Logee's Greenhouses 141 North St. Danielson, CT 06239 860-774-8038

Shrimp plants are fairly easy to grow. They like warm days and cool nights, a sunny windowsill and ample water from spring through fall. They don't grow much in the winter and don't need much water; wait until the top of the soil dries out before watering in the winter months.

Shrimp plant can be grown outdoors in zones 8, 9, 10, and 11 as a border plant, in mass plantings, or as a container plant. It prefers part sun with afternoon shade, or filtered shade, and sandy, well-drained, soils but tolerates wet, alkaline, dry, clayey soils. Mature height is 2'-4', with a spread of 3'-6'.

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