Justicia Species, Summer Sun Justicia, Orange Justicia

Justicia corumbensis

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


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual



Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

Daytona Beach, Florida

Deland, Florida

Green Cove Springs, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Lake Wales, Florida

New Port Richey, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Tallahassee, Florida

Mcdonough, Georgia

New Orleans, Louisiana

Youngsville, Louisiana

Charleston, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 17, 2017, Nolajet from New Orleans, LA wrote:

I love this plant. Picked one up at a plant show about 5 years back and it has really taken off. Performs well from cuttings, though you wouldn't know it at first. The stem will look like it completely dead, then all of a sudden you'll notice new growth coming from the bottom nodes beneath the soil line. Can't say that I have tried to grow from seed but considering the amount of pods that my plant has produced with the lack of baby plants popping up anywhere, I would just go with vegetative propagation.

One thing of note, the height in the description is not the height that my plant is at. Mine has reached about 9 feet tall. It is a very impressive monster of an Orange Justicia and I couldn't be happier. When it is in full bloom at that size, it is stunning. Bees love it, h... read more


On Sep 21, 2017, Raybuck from Miccosukee Cpo, FL wrote:

The Orange Justicia grows in a variety of conditions (full sun to partial shade). It does not require a great deal of care but does seem to produce more blooms if cut back in mid spring to early summer after initial blooms have faded. The Orange Justicia will produce seeds but the preferred method of propagation is from cuttings. The plant will root very easily as long as cuttings are kept moist. Overall this plant is a great addition to the landscape with the brilliant orange color and a natural attractor of hummingbirds and butterflies.


On Jul 12, 2014, TedTheHappyGardener from Deland, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have had this plant for years and never knew what it was until I saw it for sale at Lowes. Mine freezes to the ground occasionally here in DeLand Florida but comes back in the spring. It takes a lot of water & tends to get Mealy Bugs but they don't seem to affect the health of the plant.


On Jul 10, 2011, plantaholique from Sarasota, FL wrote:

This is a very pretty, hardy, un-fussy plant that is sadly under-used here in SW Florida. The profuse flowers are a cheerful bright orange starburst shape- just lovely. Over about 5 years, my plant went from about 12" tall to about 6' tall x 5' wide, and flowers most of the year now in full to part sun. I fertilize it twice a year with high-quality time release fertilizer and that is all the special attention it gets. I have begun propagating it and the babies are coming along nicely too. A real winner!


On Apr 28, 2011, dragonluver7 from Daytona Beach, FL wrote:

My mom has one growing for years in outdoor FL's sandy soil. I have never seen seeds, but it is VERY easy to make cuttings from this plant. It stands the hot sun well too. :)