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Justicia, Brazilian Plume Flower 'Huntington'

Justicia carnea

Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Justicia (jus-TEE-see-ah) (Info)
Species: carnea (KAR-nee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Huntington


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


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Foliage Color:



4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

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:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

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

Anniston, Alabama

Phoenix, Arizona

Amesti, California

Casa De Oro-mount Helix, California

Clayton, California

El Sobrante, California

Fairfield, California

Hayward, California

Huntington Beach, California

Mckinleyville, California

Novato, California

Rancho Calaveras, California

Sacramento, California

Santa Clara, California

Sebastopol, California

Sonoma, California

Spring Valley, California

Apopka, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports)

Leesburg, Florida

Longwood, Florida

Miami, Florida

Micanopy, Florida

Riverview, Florida

Seffner, Florida

Wellborn, Florida

Ball Ground, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

Pepeekeo, Hawaii

Nottingham, Maryland

Charleston, South Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Colmesneil, Texas

Houston, Texas (3 reports)

Mansfield, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Smithville, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 13, 2012, rupleys from Rancho Calaveras, CA wrote:

I think a common name for this is Flamingo Flower, presumably because of the beautiful hot pink color. I have a little patch of it against the house in the shade here in CA, Calaveras County foothills, where it gets frosted out in winter. So far this year it is coming back slowly and has not yet flowered. It would probably like a little more sun, but it gets extremely hot here in the summer so would not put it in full sun.

I got it from cuttings where it is in several pots in the milder SF Bay Area, and it grows so vigorously year round that it needs to be cut back often. I think I could easily propagate from cuttings; I tried once but the little plants got too hot and dry; I might try root cuttings later this year, there is a big mass of roots.


On Dec 9, 2009, CostaRica from Guayabo de Bagaces, Guanacaste,
Costa Rica (Zone 10b) wrote:

A beautiful plant that attracts hummingbirds. I have the yellow species, Justicia aurea, as well.
It grows well here in the full sun in Costa Rica, without additional water even during dry season.
Starts easily from cuttings.


On Nov 1, 2007, PedricksCorner from Freedom, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have cut mine numerous times to root cutting for others and it grows back very quickly. It is November now and it is still in full bloom. Last winter we had a freeze which killed my lantana's and hybiscus, but it did not harm the Justicia. Perhaps because it is next to the house. I am careful to feed it every two weeks with a liquid fertilizer. I just love it!


On May 6, 2007, Dave_in_Devon from Torquay,
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

I've had this growing successfully out of doors here in coastal S. W. England for a couple of years. It is grown in dappled shade, which protects it from frosts on clear winter nights. The form I have has glossy deep green leaves that are flushed purple beneath as opposed to the downy, grey-green leaved form. It retains all of its top growth and tends to be semi-evergreen, but needs fairly rigorous pruning to prevent 'legginess'. This Justicia responds well to regular deep watering and (liquid) feeding throughout the summer and produces its very large 'plumes' of intense, deep pink flowers from August onwards in our climate.


On May 19, 2006, freddy0808 from Pepeekeo, HI wrote:

I found a branch of this plant at the local greenwaste recycling site and brought it home. It was very wilted, but I took several 6" cuttings and threw them into a bucket of water for, I think, about 2 hours; they were revived and healthy looking and I dipped them into rooting horomone powder and stuck them. They looked sad for a week, then took. They finally bloomed and I was able to use this site for ID. They are spectacular with their green-maroon bracts and pure pink flowers.


On May 9, 2006, BamaBelle from Headland, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

My grandmother has had this plant gorwing in her greenhouse for over 20 yars. It has 'limbs' that are six feet long...however it does nto seem to root itself. Some of the limbs lie on the floor of the greenhouse floor in the dirt and it has never rooted. I am attempting to root it via various methods, but am not overly positive of hwat results I will have.

My grandmother always called it a pink hyacinth, so I had to post it on the ID Forum to find out what it really is. It has ben really hardy in zone 8a in a greenhouse. If I can get it rooted it will be itnerestign to see how it does in the real world.

Meanwhile, it is STUNNING!


On Mar 16, 2005, catguy from Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have only seen this plant once in a nursery. Thankfully I purchased 2! I had them in separate pots for 2 years in dappled sun, although they seem to not mind full sun, but not for the full day. They get pretty ratty by mid winter, but cutting them back severely has forced all new growth to appear. The flower clusters are impressive and are quite novel. I used to bring them in on nights we expected a light frost, but they seem to hold their own, but then it rarely goes below 30 here in Phx during the winter. They do seem to like a lot of water, but again are surprisingly resilient!