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Shrimp plant

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Shrimp plant
A shrimp plant with red bracts
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
Division:Magnoliophyta
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Lamiales
Family:Acanthaceae
Genus:Justicia
Species:J. brandegeana

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The shrimp plant (Justicia brandegeana) is an evergreen perennial shrub with spindly limbs, oval green leaves, and white flowers extending from red bracts which look a bit like shrimp--hence the shrub's common name. The bush grows to four or five feet (1.2 to 1.5 m) tall; the leaves are oval and usually about 2 1/2 inches (64 mm) long.

The bush is native to North America, thrives in the shade in tropical areas, and can be propagated by stem cuttings. The shrimp plant is a common ornamental shrub and does best in well-drained sandy or loamy soil, but is generally low maintenance and drought-tolerant. The flowers fade somewhat in the full sun.

The flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

Reference

  • NCBI 138115 (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Taxonomy/Browser/wwwtax.cgi?srchmode=5&name=138115) 2002-08-21fr:Justicia
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