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PlantFiles: Brazilian Plume Flower
Justicia carnea 'Radiant'

Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Justicia (jus-TEE-see-ah) (Info)
Species: carnea (KAR-nee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Radiant

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive donnacreation On Dec 24, 2010, donnacreation from Sumter, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

This striking, tropical looking flower is fully cold hardy to zone 8a at least. Deep green, lustrous foliage provides the perfect backdrop for the brilliant pink, plume like flowers. Easily propagated from cuttings.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Chuichu, Arizona
Rio Vista, California
Naples, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
Sumter, South Carolina

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