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Justicia 'Thelma's Pink'

Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Justicia (jus-TEE-see-ah) (Info)
Cultivar: Thelma's Pink

One vendor has this plant for sale.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LeslieT On Jan 11, 2010, LeslieT from Bellaire, TX wrote:

There are two plants which may be sold in Houston under this name. The 'Thelma's Pink' which I've seen and grown has a deeper pink bloom and leaves with undersides that are purple which makes the plant really stunning in the landscape. My original plant came from Mercer Arboretum. The other Justicia has paler pink blooms with leaves which lack the coloration of 'Thelma's Pink.' However, it's more vigorous and spreads/roots more easily than Thelma. But, I've sometimes seen this one sold as 'Thelma's Pink.'

Positive SusanLouise On Aug 15, 2009, SusanLouise from Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a lovely tropical plant which grows like a bush. We had ours grow in a pot on our patio during the summer and waiting for the hummingbirds to migrate through and enjoy the nectar. I plan on taking cuttings and overwintering the plant this fall.


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

Lompoc, California
San Francisco, California
Hollywood, Florida
Molino, Florida
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (2 reports)
Natchitoches, Louisiana
Lincoln, Nebraska
Carolina, Puerto Rico
Beaumont, Texas
Bellaire, Texas
Houston, Texas
Port Neches, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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