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: Light Shade
Bloom Color: Pink White/Near White
Bloom Time: Blooms repeatedly
Other details: Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From softwood cuttings By simple layering
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
On Jul 27, 2012, VicRay from Indianapolis, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:
I purchased a red Shrimp Plant two Springs ago here in Indianapolis and it turned out to be one of my favorites! The hummingbirds go CRAZY for the blooms! I did take it in before the frost arrived and I have to say it looked as though it would not make it. However, with a little loving care and patience it has come back this year it is even more beautiful. The branches break easily but I just stuck them in the soil and they have flourished. They must have shade. I place mine in front of a window so I could watch the hummingbirds flock to it.
On Jun 6, 2011, seaotter301 from Elmhurst, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
I bought two "shrimp plants" from a grocery store of all places on clearance. They were in the shape of a ball topiary with the branches similar to a ficus tree. Stunning flowers - beautiful color. These plants were the ONLY reason I started to get hummingbirds (after 7-8 yrs of trying)
The plants went thru several rough summer storms, being knocked over in their pots many times. Both looked (at different times) like they were never going to make it.
Brought in this Fall, they are bigger than ever, quite a bit out of their original shape and I plan to move outdoors today. It's going to be 90 degrees plus.
Made very nice indoor plants. Watered whenever leaves drooped - which was often daily.
problem now is they haven't flowered in some time.
BTW, I'm in Zone 5a
On Apr 24, 2011, Lilyofthenight from Victoria, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
Purchased one of these last spring that was about 15" tall. It is easily 3ft this year. It did go through a hard freeze in January, however survived it. It's blooming like crazy. I do need to prune it as it has become leggy. It's on the east side of my house mostly in shade, with some morning light that filters through a tree. I don't recall giving it fertilizer more than once or twice, and it has gone without water at times when I was working.
Easy to grow, recommended................
On Apr 24, 2010, dermoidhome from Baton Rouge, LA wrote:
Locally, (Baton Rouge, LA 8B) we speak of 'winter-blooming' (red to flesh-colored) and 'summer-blooming' (white flowers) varieties. This is one of the best hummingbird plants for shady areas in the garden. A favorite, in all varieties.
On May 8, 2008, txboy65 from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
Had it on the North East side of my house for years. Mine are about 3 - 4 feet high and covered in dark pink "flowers" most of the year. A few years back during a really bad ice storm, they actually had ice hanging from the blooms. Quite a site. Of course once the thaw happened, the flowers were gone. But the plant survived with no protection! Just wish I could get a few cuttings to root so I could have more in other parts of the yard.
On May 13, 2006, KittyAli from San Antonio, TX wrote:
My mother brought this plant from our old house over 40 years ago and planted the east side of this house. I don't know how she replanted them, since I didn't care at the time, but the plants have thrived with very minimal care. Not only the plants have multiplied and have taken over most of the eastern side of the house, but some seed have taken next door and small plants are coming up.
These plants have salmon colored blooms. The ones that get more of the morning sun the most sun have deeper colored and larger blooms than the ones in the shade. Since my mother passed away in 1994 these plants have pretty much grown on their own. We occassionally water them, but probably not more than once every couple of months, so most of the water comes from the rain.
Several of the plants are about 4 ft. and desperately need pruning. I find it hard to prune them as they always seem to be blooming. Since they are so easy to grow here, I'm really surprised that the only other ones I've seen are the ones that I've given to a couple of friends.
This plant has survived 9 years, flowers year round in total shade. Due to our intense Spring and Summer sun, shade is important. The plant receives minimal water, is in soil covered with rocks which helps retain the moisture; this plant has begun to spread a little.
On Jul 13, 2004, krussadams from Norwalk, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:
These plants are a fond part of my childhood here in So. California. These plants are everywhere out here - and every chance we'd get, we'd pull the white flowers from the bracts, put the ends in our mouths and suck in just the tiniest bit of nectar. It's easy to see why they're so popular with hummingbirds...and why we weren't.
On May 29, 2004, WillowWasp from Jones Creek, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
The beve of arched salmon, rose-pink as well as pale yellow bracts surrounding the white flowers up the 6 inches long, this attractive evergreen shrub resembles a shrimp.
Reaching a height of 3-4 ft and a spread of 24 in, it flowers mainly in summer. I have my best luck with it when it is about 3 ft tall cutting it in half or more. It comes back healthier and happier for the rest of the summer otherwise it breaks easily and the blooming slowes down to almost nothing but straggly stems...
It has survived temperatures as low as 25°F, and the plant has resprouted in the spring .
On Oct 13, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:
A gardening friend who recently moved from the Tampa Bay Area (zone 9b) to here in Northcentral Florida (zone 8b) gave me cuttings of this plant, with the deep red flowers, and also cuttings of a shrimp plant with pale salmon colored flowers. Cuttings of the deep red one rooted almost instantly in water in a container on the north windowsill above my kitchen sink. The salmon colored one took much longer to root in water, and only a few cuttings actually rooted, and the plant as a whole is much smaller than the red one.
My friend has the original red plant in the ground here, but it took a hard hit this past winter, the coldest winter in zone 8b in about 100 years. And her salmon colored one almost didn't survive at all, and she says it is now quite a lot smaller than when it was growing in the Tampa Bay area. I put my plants in pots and will overwinter them protected, under a makeshift greenhouse, where I can put out lights and/or heaters if needed, and then next year I will take more cuttings and then take a chance with them in the ground.
My friend says this red type is very vigorous and spreading--almost invasive--but it is so beautiful that I wouldn't mind a lot of them around in my garden. Her plants get morning sun and bloom profusely. I get dappled sun most of the day under large live oaks, so will experiment with different sun/shade placements. I have a lot more shady spots than sunny ones!
On Oct 11, 2003, TerriFlorida from Plant City, FL wrote:
In west central Florida, for me, shrimp plant is a winner. At the old place, it survived and bloomed 3' from an old oak, in mostly shade. It was leggy and odd and always got comments. At my new place, with better dirt and more room, the new plant (I've only grown the red type) is a lush full bush covered in blooms. It gets much more water, and probably near full sun in summer. In winter it will get half shade or more from the oaks to the south.
This plant is striking and unusual. The genus seems to have several garden worthy plants, and I intend to seek them out and give them a try.
On Jul 17, 2003, Bairie from Corpus Christi, TX (Zone 10a) wrote:
Easily grown in south Texas, usually thick with bright coral blooms (or bracts?) and lots of them. They like some shade in the middle of the day; too much shade and the colors are not so bright. Easily propagated from cutting, in soil or water. Very popular here.
On Aug 2, 2001, Deanne from Franktown, CO (Zone 5a) wrote:
To propagate, sow seed at 61°F soil temperature, or root softwood or semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat from late spring to midsummer. Regularly tip prune to promote bushier plant. Minimum temp is 45°F/7°C.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Chandler, Arizona Goodyear, Arizona Maricopa, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona Prescott, Arkansas Chowchilla, California Del Mar, California Fresno, California Huntington Beach, California Irvine, California Los Angeles, California Merced, California Norwalk, California San Diego, California San Jose, California Santa Ana, California Visalia, California Bartow, Florida Big Pine Key, Florida Biscayne Park, Florida Black Diamond, Florida Boca Raton, Florida Bonita Springs, Florida Boyette, Florida Brandon, Florida Deltona, Florida Gulf Gate Estates, Florida Haverhill, Florida Interlachen, Florida Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports) Keystone Heights, Florida Kissimmee, Florida Labelle, Florida Lauderdale-by-the-sea, Florida Lynn Haven, Florida Marineland, Florida Ocoee, Florida Old Town, Florida Oldsmar, Florida Pace, Florida Palm Coast, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida Pensacola, Florida Plant City, Florida Ruskin, Florida South Daytona, Florida Spring Hill, Florida Summerfield, Florida Tallahassee, Florida Trenton, Florida Umatilla, Florida Wellborn, Florida Wesley Chapel, Florida Carrollton, Georgia Clarkesville, Georgia Dock Junction, Georgia Flowery Branch, Georgia Hawaiian Acres, Hawaii Honomu, Hawaii Indianapolis, Indiana Hebron, Kentucky Baton Rouge, Louisiana (2 reports) Hammond, Louisiana Luling, Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana (3 reports) North Vacherie, Louisiana Ringgold, Louisiana Zachary, Louisiana Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi Madison, Mississippi Bayshore, North Carolina Davidson, North Carolina Fairfield Harbour, North Carolina North Olmsted, Ohio Okeene, Oklahoma Brittany Farms-highlands, Pennsylvania Conway, South Carolina East Sumter, South Carolina Florence, South Carolina Ladys Island, South Carolina Moncks Corner, South Carolina Promised Land, South Carolina Summerville, South Carolina Austin, Texas (2 reports) Bellaire, Texas Brazoria, Texas (2 reports) Brownsville, Texas Dallas, Texas Desoto, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Houston, Texas (3 reports) Iola, Texas La Porte, Texas Lampasas, Texas Liberty Hill, Texas Lincoln, Texas Lockhart, Texas Macallen, Texas Magnolia, Texas Missouri City, Texas Nassau Bay, Texas Richmond, Texas Salineno, Texas San Antonio, Texas (2 reports) Serenada, Texas Spring Branch, Texas Sunset Valley, Texas (2 reports) Thornton, Texas Trinity, Texas Victoria, Texas West Livingston, Texas