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PlantFiles: 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

15 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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


Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


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:

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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dfinley821 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 MotherNature4 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.


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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