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Justicia brandegeeana 'Fruit Cocktail'

Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Justicia (jus-TEE-see-ah) (Info)
Species: brandegeeana
Cultivar: Fruit Cocktail

Synonym:Beloperone guttata

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

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


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:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive 239elaine On Oct 6, 2012, 239elaine from Bonita Springs, FL wrote:

I have grown this plant both in the ground and in containers on the east side of the house, where it gets several hours of morning sun. It blooms profusely and is not nearly as invasive or leggy as its salmon cousin.

Positive grrrlgeek On Sep 21, 2009, grrrlgeek from Grayslake, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Happy in a pot on the patio. Watch in humidity, the flowers start to mildew without falling out of the bracts. Doesn't really hurt the plant, just leaves a little black margin on the bract. More leggy than the variegated, will take cuttings to bring inside.


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

Long Beach, California
Newport Beach, California
Bartow, Florida
Bonita Springs, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Leesburg, Florida
Marco Island, Florida
Ocoee, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Spring Hill, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Wellborn, Florida
Thomasville, Georgia
Bossier City, Louisiana
Hammond, Louisiana
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Castroville, Texas
Huffman, Texas
La Vernia, Texas
Longview, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Seabrook, Texas
Spring, Texas

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