General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 3-5 feet
Plant Spread: 3 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Pubescent, downy, hairy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Brown
Multi-Color: Pink, russet, and white
Other: drooping spikes of dark red to rusty brown bracts, each bract enclosing a tongue-like pink and white flower
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Division
Pollinators: Other: Hummingbirds
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

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Common names
  • Shrimp Plant
  • Mexican Shrimp Plant
  • False Hop
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Justicia brandegeeana
  • Synonym: Beloperone guttata
  • Synonym: Justicia straminea

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Location: Hamilton Square Perennial Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2015-05-20
Zone 9b. At it's best.
Location: all photos from my garden
Date: 2014-06-25
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2021-02-23
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2019-05-08
Shrimp Plant 011
Location: all photos from my garden
Date: 2015-10-25
Location: At a nursery
Date: May

Date: 2019-08-06
Location: South Carolina
Uploaded by Lucichar
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2016-04-01
Location: Hanbury Botanical Gardens, Mortola Inferiore, Italy
Date: 2017-06-13
Location: my garden 
Date: 2014-08-03
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-03
Location: My Yard
Location: Orangeburg, SC
Date: 2015-11-19
Shrimp plant bloom
Location: Dinuba Ca.
Date: 2018-05-22
Location: Colima, Mexico (Zone 11)
Date: 2014-03-08
Justicia brandegeeana (Red Shrimp Plant).  The hummingbirds love
Location: Cordoba, Argentina
Location: Dinuba Ca
Location: Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Florida
Date: 2022-02-23
a patch of plants in bloom
Location: Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Florida
Date: 2022-02-23
close-up of flowers and foliage

Date: 2022-04-02
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-03
Location: Youngsville, LA
Date: 2015-05-18
By tabbycat
Location: Los Angeles Arboretum, Arcadia, California
Date: 2014-04-05
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2019-04-30
Location: Orto Botanico di Cagliari - Sardinia
Date: 2017-09-10

Date: 2019-08-06
Location: Coastal San Diego County 
Date: 2018-09-12
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-07-27
Justicia brandegeeana - Shrimp Plant 001
Location: Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Gainesville, FL
Date: 2019-05-15
Location: Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin, Texas
Date: 2022-04-05
Location: Bloomington, Illinois
Date: 2012-06-18
Shrimp Plant trained as a topiary.
Location: my garden 
Date: 2017-10-24
Location: Sumatera Indonesia
Date: 2018-02-04
lime green variety
Location: Gulf-coast Texas
Date: 2015-02-22
Location: Botanischer Garten Berlin
Location: At a nursery
Date: May
Location: San Antonio TX
Date: 2017-07-27
Location: Coastal San Diego County 
Date: 2018-09-12
Location: Botanical Garden of Dresden
Date: 2014-05-09
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2-10-19
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2017-02-24
Colorful bracts and white blooms
Location: My Yard
Date: 2018-06-11
Location: Botanical Garden, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: 2014-12-12
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: Apr 29, 2012
Location: Kyle
Date: 2018-06-28
Location: Los Angeles Arboretum, Arcadia, California
Date: 2014-04-05
Location: Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens, Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2013-03-01
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2017-01-20
Photo taken before daylight, using flash

Date: 2010-09-30
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2011-05-21
Location: Fairfax, VA | December 2022
Date: 2022-12-28
Location: At a nursery
Date: May
Location: Coastal San Diego County 
Date: 2018-09-12
Location: Botanical Garden of Dresden
Date: 2014-05-09
Location: Botanical Garden of Dresden
Date: 2014-05-09
Uploaded by purpleinopp
Location: western Oregon
Date: 2016-02-27
Location: Centennial Park Conservatory, Toronto, ON, Canada
Date: 2013-03-16
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: Apr 29, 2012
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: Apr 29, 2012
Location: Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens, Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2013-03-01
Location: RHS Wisley, Surrey, UK.
Date: 2022-08-04
Location: Bloomington, Illinois
Date: 2012-06-18
Close-up of the drooping blooms.
Location: test garden 
Date: 2014-09-26
Location: TALLAHASSEE
Date: 2019-09-07
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2017-07-27
Location: my backyard 
Date: 2012-06-01
Location: Mérida, Yucatán, México
Date: 2012-05-03

photo credit:  Yoko Nekonomania
Location: Palm Coast, Florida
Date: 2012-10-22 
Photo taken at Washington Oaks State Park, Palm Coast, Florida
Location: Botanischer Garten Berlin
Date: 2023-05-11
Location: Brevard County, Florida
Date: May 25, 2011
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Comments:
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 19, 2011 11:40 AM concerning plant:
    Justicia brandegeeana (Shrimp Plant) is an evergreen perennial shrub native to Mexico. It prefers a partially shaded location and should be pruned regularly to keep the weak branches from taking on a leggy appearance.
  • Posted by GardenGuyAZ (Chandler, AZ; 85225 - Zone 9b) on Dec 3, 2011 9:43 AM concerning plant:
    This is a wonderful plant, and it does very well here in the hot deserts of metro-Phoenix, on the north side of my house. It literally starts blooming in the spring and does not stop till the first frost, if we get one. It's in shade all day. In the summer, it gets most of its water from the air conditioning unit, so it doesn't seem to need a ton of extra watering. I can't say enough good things about the Shrimp Plant, Justicia brandegeeana.
  • Posted by Kabby (Lowndesboro, AL - Zone 8a) on Oct 7, 2016 5:39 PM concerning plant:
    I have this in a northern protected bed and it survived in zone 8a this last winter. This bed gets morning sun and the justicia thrives. Agree with another commenter about stems breaking easily and sprawling. It is easy to root with rooting hormone and potting mix.
  • Posted by extranjera (Mérida, Yucatán, México - Zone 13a) on May 3, 2012 5:21 PM concerning plant:
    Fabulous plant! It blooms all year here in the tropics. I have it in full sun until early afternoon, not a lot of soil under it as it is on a rocky base, excellent drainage. It was very sad looking until I discovered the slugs were eating it and now that I've put out dishes of beer and conquered the slugs it is coming back. I keep it cut back to fit the space and it is covered in blooms all the time.

    It sprawls and the branches are easily broken. I've got it staked on some bamboo and that has helped keep it from drowning in the rainy season.
  • Posted by ricelg (Hill Country TX - Zone 8b) on Jul 27, 2017 5:36 PM concerning plant:
    I planted this plant this spring in a bed that receives mostly shade. It has done great, blooming multiple times. I'm told the pollinators like it but I haven't yet seen any hummingbird or bee activity by it. I did take a cutting about a month ago, checked on it today and it has nice roots and looks great - so I am hoping to have a couple more next year!
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tabbycat On March 15, 2021 Plant emerged
All new growth
tabbycat On February 14, 2021 Winterized
Moved pot into garage for 2-15-21 freeze
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