Freshcut
Justicia pectoralis

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

Category:

Groundcovers

Herbs

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Van Nuys, California

Orlando, Florida

Honomu, Hawaii

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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.