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Shrimp plant    

Justicia brandegeana

Shrimp plant is part of the Justicia (Water willow) genus and its scientific name is Justicia brandegeana.

An attractive attention getting plant for garden, patios, walkways and indoors. Draws hummingbirds like no other too. It’s interesting blooms are an eye catcher and it blooms nearly all year round espeially in warmer climates.

This variety typically blooms in the following colours:   Dark pink and   Light salmon. The mature flowers are of an exotic form. The leaves of this particular variety normally show as   Grade 1 Paint Green colour. Shrimp plant grows as an evergreen and is a flowering non-edible ornamental / houseplant. Being an evergreen plant, it will keep its leaves throughout the year. Shrimp plant is known for its shrub-like habit and growing to a height of approximately 90.0 cm (2.93 feet). Expect blooming to occur throughout the year. Try planting Shrimp plant if you'd like to attract birds to your garden.

Mexico is believed to be where Shrimp plant originates from.

Typically, Shrimp plant is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.

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How to grow Shrimp plant

  • Full Sun

    OR +
  • Full Shade

  • Medium

Don’t let them dry out between waterings but dont flood them either. Also water from below rather than on their folliage to keep down on fungus. Prune as needed when plants appear leggy and you can stick the cuttings in the yard or in pots for more plants. Try them in various locations in and around your house. They adapt to most soils and lighting but do seem to like some shade. Colder areas they will freeze back with a hard freeze but will come back the following spring.

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun / full shade and remember to water moderately. Zone 8 to 11 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Shrimp plant requires a loamy and potting mix soil with a ph of 6.1 - 7.4 - it grows best in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Shrimp plant is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

See our list of companion Plants for Shrimp plant to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Shrimp plant from seed

Transplanting Shrimp plant

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Shrimp plant is a tender plant.

Common Shrimp plant problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Shrimp plant plants:

  • Nematodes

  • Root rot

    Fungal diseases that cause decay and rotting of the roots and premature plant death - commonly due to overwatering and/or poor drainage.

  • Leaf Spot

Shrimp plant Etymology

Take one look at this charming plant and you’ll instantly know where it got it’s common name. It’s blooms resemble shrimp.

Other names for Shrimp plant

False hop, Shrimp bush, Mexican Shrimp bush

Shrimp plant care instructions

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