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Brazilian Plume, Flamingo Flower, Jacobinia, Pine-Bur Begonia
Justicia 'Thelma's Pink'

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


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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.'


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.