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Justicia

Justicia are New World natives primarily grown for their showy spikes or clusters of colorful, tubular flowers. Evergreen perennials or shrubs, their lush foliage and distinctive flowers make them a natural for a tropical garden. They are also a lovely choice for containers or as a houseplant.

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Justicia aurea (Yellow Jacobinia)

Justicia aurea (Yellow Jacobinia) is an upright, evergreen shrub with huge dark green, ovate leaves, up to 12 in. long (10-30 cm), and showy flower plumes, 6-10 in. long (15-25 cm), densely packed with tubular, bright yellow flowers.

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Justicia brandegeeana (Shrimp Plant)

Justicia brandegeeana (Shrimp Plant) is a sprawling, suckering, tropical, evergreen shrub with apple green, ovate leaves and arching spikes of white flowers enclosed in overlapping red to pink bracts. Resembling shrimps, the flower spikes are on display over a long period extending from spring to fall - about 10 months per year.

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Justicia californica (Chuparosa)

Native to the deserts of southern California, Arizona, and northern Mexico, Justicia californica (Chuparosa) is a semi-evergreen or deciduous shrub with arching branches clad with sparse gray-green, succulent leaves. It is summer deciduous, but will retain most of its foliage if irrigated. In spring and throughout the year with ample water, a profusion of bright to deep red tubular flowers (sometimes yellow) occur in short, axillary racemes.

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Justicia carnea (Brazilian Plume)

Justicia carnea (Brazilian Plume) is an upright, evergreen shrub with large, dark green leaves, 10 in. long (25 cm), and showy flower plumes, 8 in. long (20 cm), densely packed with pink to crimson tubular flowers.

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Justicia rizzinii (Firecracker Flower)

Justicia rizzinii (Firecracker Flower) is a bushy evergreen shrub with small, dark green, ovate leaves and nodding clusters of tubular, yellow-tipped red flowers, 1 in. long (2 cm). Resembling firecrackers, the flowers are attractive to hummingbirds and are on display over a long period extending from fall to spring.

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Justicia scheidweileri (Purple Shrimp Plant)

Justicia scheidweileri (Purple Shrimp Plant) is a tropical evergreen perennial boasting velvety green leaves adorned with contrasting silver veins, and chubby spikes of burgundy-bracts enclosing purple-red flowers, from late summer to spring.

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