Plant ID forum: Please help me ID this plant - thank you very much

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Melbourne, Australia [AU zone
whoatemylettuce
Dec 18, 2017 9:37 PM CST
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cone shape flower?
purple underside
bamboo stem alike
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tofitropic
Dec 18, 2017 11:27 PM CST
Any picture with blooming flowers, (the first picture is the used bloom/heads). it looks like Justicia carnea to me, or at least something related in achantaceae.
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plantladylin
Dec 18, 2017 11:36 PM CST
Looks like the leaves and spent blooms of Brazilian Plume (Justicia carnea) to me too.

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whoatemylettuce
Dec 19, 2017 5:57 AM CST
Thank you guys,

But this has purple underside. I searched for the said plant but can't see that it got a purple underside.
Hmmm...
Name: greene
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greene
Dec 19, 2017 7:56 AM CST
In the NGA database, @Totally_Amazing, Melbourne, AU contributed a photo with this caption: The underside of the leaves is purple/brown when viewed from below. My justicia is in a retaining wall.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Dec 19, 2017 10:37 AM CST
Yes, the reverse surface of the leaves are purple: https://www.bing.com/images/se...
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Name: Robin
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Totally_Amazing
Dec 19, 2017 5:25 PM CST
Welcome! Whoatemylettuce

I have 3 justicia carneas, one mature shrub and 2 which are about 1 to 2 feet tall. The tall shrub is just starting to produce buds.

This is one of the smaller ones viewed from above (photo taken today)
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This is the underside of the same plant (photo taken today)
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This is the stems. They resemble bamboo, especially the younger ones (photo taken today, the lower leaves are another plant)
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This is a photo of the buds which are just starting to form (photo taken today)
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This is an old photo which shows what the buds look like as the petals emerge
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This is an old photo of the spent flower (sorry about the quality, it's all I could find)
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Your leaves and stems match well, but I am not sure about the flowers. The flower buds on Justicia Carnea are dark purple/brown, brilliant pink petals emerge and then the dead flower is dark purple/brown again. I don't recall the flowers ever being light pinkish brown like your photos. My established Justicia Carnea flowers from late December to mid May and my younger plants finish flowering around February/March.

I think your plant is a Justicia, but I am not sure which one.
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Melbourne, Australia [AU zone
whoatemylettuce
Dec 19, 2017 8:26 PM CST
Thank you so much Green, Lin and Robin

You are right. It must be some sort of Justicia. Now i'll see if they got any uses in the garden. Hurray!
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Totally_Amazing
Dec 19, 2017 8:58 PM CST
They are perfect for bringing colour into a shady spot.
Name: greene
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greene
Dec 20, 2017 3:44 AM CST
Uses? Yes, it will attract pollinators and some beneficial insects to your garden! Hurray!

Edited to add:
And hummingbirds!
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