Red Shrimp Plant
Justicia brandegeeana 'Red Pinecone'

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

Category:

Perennials

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Veined

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Flowers are good for cutting

Provides winter interest

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

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

Atlantic Beach, Florida

Bartow, Florida

Big Pine Key, Florida

Bokeelia, Florida

Brooksville, Florida

Fernandina Beach, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Miccosukee Cpo, Florida

Naples, Florida

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Ocoee, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Sanford, Florida

Sun City Center, Florida

Woodstock, Georgia

Kokomo, Indiana

Omaha, Nebraska

Arp, Texas

Austin, Texas

Georgetown, Texas

Houston, Texas (2 reports)

Missouri City, Texas

San Marcos, Texas

Tomball, Texas

Zapata, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Oct 11, 2009, dfinley821 from Browns Summit, NC wrote:

I bought this plant in Florida and planted it in my garden. I live in upper middle of NC (zone 7) and it has done very well this summer. I will dig it up and pot it for the winter in my house and hope that I can place it in the garden again next year!

Positive

On Dec 9, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a very attractive cultivar of one of my favorites. The colors are striking with dark red bracts, white flowers and pinkish throats.

The dark green leaves have a quilted appearance.

It is a welcome addition to my garden.