Common name: Golden shrimp plant, Lollypop plant
Botanical name: Pachystachys lutea Family: Acanthaceae (ruellia family)
Synonyms: Justicia lutea
Shrimp plant is a bold evergreen perennial flowering shrub. Of course, the
big attractions are the intense golden yellow flowers many folks agree look
like the cooked shrimp we eat.
In the picture above, it is the white ear-like structures that are the
flowers and the golden colored are bracts.
It is an evergreen upright shrub, 4 to 10 feet tall, 2 to 5 feet wide;
opposite, ovate, dark green leaves, up to 6 inches long,
2.4 inches wide. Produces showy yellow blossoms from late spring to
Golden Shrimp Plant sends out underground runners. With a few plants and a
few years, your Golden Shrimp Plant will spread to fill in spaces.