PlantsJusticia→Shrimp Plant (Justicia brandegeeana)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Justicia brandegeeana Accepted
Beloperone guttata Synonym

Also sold as:
Justicia brandegeana

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
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Other: Hummingbirds
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM


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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 19, 2011 11:40 AM

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.

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Posted by GardenGuyAZ (Chandler, AZ; 85225 - Zone 9b) on Dec 3, 2011 9:43 AM

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.

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Posted by extranjera (Mérida, Yucatán, México - Zone 13a) on May 3, 2012 5:21 PM

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.

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Posted by Kabby (Lowndesboro, AL - Zone 8a) on Oct 7, 2016 5:39 PM

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.

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Posted by ricelg (Hill Country TX - Zone 8b) on Jul 27, 2017 5:36 PM

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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Discussion Threads about this plant
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ID please. by Nick_Kurzenko Dec 6, 2020 4:10 PM 3
Need a plant ID, please! by beckygardener Jan 16, 2020 12:07 AM 6
Recommendations needed for annuals to attract butterflies and hummingbirds by julieseward1 Jul 8, 2019 10:42 AM 7
Best perennials for hummingbirds by Rcfjane May 28, 2019 10:06 PM 12
Disease on my plant - please help me by tineostir Nov 27, 2018 9:45 AM 3
Southeast Months in Bloom - May & June 2018 by Danita Jun 18, 2018 10:26 AM 24
Plant ID by darrylcuz Jun 6, 2017 9:06 PM 5
Shrimp plant indoors -- justicia brandegaena. Question. by KittySafePlants Aug 26, 2016 12:52 PM 2
Plant Database question regarding misidentified photos by vitrsna Mar 1, 2015 7:32 PM 10

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