FlowerPotNursery Red Shrimp Plant Justicia brandegeana Red 1 Gallon Pot

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Justicia brandegeeana, the Mexican shrimp plant, shrimp plant or false hop, is an evergreen shrub in the genus Justicia of the acanthus family Acanthaceae, native to Mexico, and also naturalized in Florida.

It grows to 1 m tall (rarely more) with spindly limbs. The leaves are oval, green. The flowers are white, extending from red bracts which look somewhat like shrimps, hence the common name "shrimp flower".

The specific epithet is named for the American botanist Townshend Stith Brandegee (1843-1925). It is sometimes misspelled "brandegeana".

Justicia brandegeeana is a bushy evergreen shrub growing to 39 inches tall by 24-35 inches broad. The stems and leaves are downy. The leaves are variegated and usually grow in clusters on the branches. As the plant receives more sun, the amount of creamy white on the speckled leaves will increase, and vice versa. The flowers emerge from bracts that form off the stems. The bracts start out white, but with more sun exposure they turn anywhere from pale pink to deep salmon. A chain of bracts will continue to grow until it falls off in most cases; thus the chains can grow anywhere from a few inches to nearly a foot in length. Flowers emerge from the bracts; usually they are long, thin, and white with speckled maroon throats.

Blooming continues for months once it has begun, then halts for a short period before starting again. The flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Pollination is usually by hummingbirds

The family Acanthaceae is in the major group Angiosperms (flowering plants). The genus Justicia is in the family Acanthaceae. The genus Justicia comprises about 600 species. Research has been done on the phytochemical components of the numerous Justicia species, showing that they possess antitumor, antiviral and antidiabetic activity. J. brandegeena has not been a topic of phytochemical research until recently.

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