Mexican Plume, Orange Shrimp Plant
Justicia fulvicoma

Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Justicia (jus-TEE-see-ah) (Info)
Species: fulvicoma (ful-vee-KOH-ma) (Info)
Synonym:Beloperone fulvicoma
Synonym:Beloperone comosa

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Orange

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Tucson, Arizona

Hayward, California

Sacramento, California

Vista, California

Jacksonville, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Youngsville, Louisiana

Sumter, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Huffman, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
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RatingContent
Positive

On Nov 23, 2007, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

I have had mine for about a year. An accident with the dog broke most of the top when it was still in the container-then later it was attacked by slugs. It surprised me by putting out a spurt of growth in mid summer. I can see that it needs full hot sun to do well and keep it compact. Now just planted in ground, it is still in bloom as we reach December. I think it is also a drought tolerant plant once established. So,it should do well in my xeriscape.

Positive

On May 9, 2006, aprilwillis from Missouri City, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Easy care, attractive and good color