Shrimp Plant
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Shrimp Plant
ntroduced Shrub Photo: Huirem Bhabini
Common name: Shrimp Plant
Botanical name: Justicia brandegeeana    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)

Shrimp plant, is a commonly cultivated shrub of Southern California that has showy, red bracts. The white flower, which has internal markings, projects from the bracts, and the entire inflorescence looks somewhat like a shrimp. Red bracts here are attractants for hummingbirds as pollinators. Many members of the Acanthus family have showy bracts. The Shrimp Plants will take full sun, but the blossoms will not last as long. It can be grown as an erect shrub by pruning it. Propagation is by cuttings, division and seeds. Watering Needs: Moderate to abundant water, needs rich soil, doesn't tolerate much salt, the leaves drop if the plant does not get enough water.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in cultivation in Imphal & Delhi.

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