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Justicia pectoralis

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Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Justicia (jus-TEE-see-ah) (Info)
Species: pectoralis

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Category:
Groundcovers
Herbs
Perennials

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:
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

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Light Blue

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Herbaceous
Aromatic
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive foodiesleuth On Nov 15, 2004, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

Known also as masha-hari, piri piri, yacu piri piri, garden balsam, tilo, charpentye, fresh cut (medicinal use, Jamaica), anador (Spanish), chamba (Spanish), trevu-cumaru (Spanish), bolek hena (in herbal medicine).

I know it as tilo. My Cuban grandmother always had one growing in a large pot in our patios. I grow it both in a large pot by the house, and on the ground in an herb/rock garden.

Infused in a tea it is used for calming nerves and soothing stomach troubles.

Regional...

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

Van Nuys, California
Orlando, Florida
Honomu, Hawaii



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