Shrimp Plant

Shrimp plant flower

Shrimp plant (Justicia brandegeana) is an attractive tropical perennial that can attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden.

This easy-to-grow plant can reach two to six feet tall, and is easily recognized by the colorful, drooping, shrimp-like spikes it produces. The plant commonly called golden shrimp plant is a different but related species.

The Florida-Friendly shrimp plant can be grown throughout the state and blooms year-round in mild climates. It will be killed back by frost but usually returns in the spring. Shrimp plant can be planted in full sun or part shade, and will grow best in rich organic soil.

New plants may look somewhat twiggy, but with light pruning and a little care will quickly spread to form an attractive clump.

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