|Justicia 'Orange Flame'|
|Sun Requirements:||Full Sun to Partial Shade
|Water Preferences:||Wet Mesic
|Soil pH Preferences:||Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
|Minimum cold hardiness:||Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
|Maximum recommended zone:||Zone 11
|Plant Height:||4-6 feet|
|Plant Spread:||3-5 feet|
Other: Large, 8" long x 4" wide, heavily dimpled & shiny
Blooms on new wood
Other: Extremely showy blooms in dense, brilliant orange clusters.
|Flower Time:||Other: Blooms off and on all year, heaviest in spring and fall.
|Propagation: Other methods:||Cuttings: Stem
Other: Easy to propagate; starts readily from cuttings.
|Containers:||Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
|Posted by rattlebox (Naples, Florida - Zone 10a) on Mar 20, 2014 9:59 AM
Justicia 'Sidicaro' blooms are very similar to those of Justicia spicigera, and the plant has been considered a possible hybrid of J. spicigera (probably based on that flower similarity). It is also recognized that J. 'Sidicaro' may be an undescribed species. I personally subscribe to the undescribed species theory as I currently have seedling offspring of J 'Sidicaro' about 2½ feet tall and just coming into bloom. So far, the seedling plants appear virtually identical to each other and to the parent in every aspect. There is absolutely no tendency toward the growth habit of J. spicigera.
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|Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jun 11, 2018 8:37 PM
This justicia plant variety called "Mexican Honeysuckle" has large shiny leaves so I refer to it as 'Sidicaro' because I have another justicia plant called "Mexican Honeysuckle" that has 2" leaves that are fuzzy. 'Sidicaro' makes a pompom-like cluster, whereas the other makes individual 1" to 2" pips on branch ends. Both have orange blooms and attract hummingbirds. 'Sidicaro' is very colorful several times a year when it can have a dozen of the 3" pompoms blooming at the same time. My 3'x2' bush is like that at this time, 6-11-18.
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|tabbycat||On October 5, 2019||Miscellaneous Event
Sold plant at )ct. plant sale. Hope I don't regret it
|tabbycat||On May 6, 2019||Bloomed
1st flowers of 2019
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