for your viewing pleasure, a little justicia

deep___roots(ca9/sunset15)December 3, 2010

I forgot this plant was even alive, but it is flowering now. Nice tropical colors.

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Are you growing it outside?
What species is it?

    Bookmark   December 4, 2010 at 12:23AM
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bahia(SF Bay Area)

It looks like it could be Justicia fulvicoma, a newer Justicia introduction from Mexico that I first saw a couple of years ago at the UC Berkeley Botanic Garden in their entry display garden. I have this growing in my own garden as well, and have found that it needs more sun and heat than I can give it to really thrive, and tends to bloom later in the year for me, not typically starting to bloom until September into December. It is also more tender than the more common Justicia brandegeana, which blooms heavily for me all year round. If you have a hot spot in the garden that doesn't get frost, it is a very colorful relatively low water using plant that can be very colorful in full bloom. At the UCBBG, they have it combined with other drought/heat loving things such as Aloe castanea and Dasylirion wheeleri and Echeveria agavoides and Cycads, and it looks gorgeous, growing about four foot across by 2 foot tall.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2010 at 9:33AM
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bahia: you are good. I think I did get it at the Berkeley Botanical. I probably have it in too much shade. I'm sure the tag is present somewhere in the planting area. I made a small planting bed close to the back of my shed, and there is a small salvia, some kind of small heather, the justicia and a hellebore. A railroad tie separates this small bed from a clump of francoa (maiden's wreath). I love maiden's wreath for the cut flowers, but the plant really can spread and grow over its little neighbors.
I might look around for a less-crowded and sunnier spot for this little gem. Thanks for the info.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2010 at 1:16PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Thanks for posting the photo. Love looking at photos of plants and gardens!

    Bookmark   December 7, 2010 at 11:27PM
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Had it-until a moron stepped on it. Never recovered.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2010 at 3:19PM
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