Botanical name: Justicia brandegeana Family: Acanthaceae (ruellia family)
Shrimp plant, (formerly Beleperone; Family Acanthaceae), 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 ruellia 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.
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