Brazilian Red Cloak = Justicia?

love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)December 12, 2011

Is Brazilian Red Cloak the same plant as Justicia, Flamingo Flower, Jacobinia?

Thanks!

Carol

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annafl(z9b/10a Sarasota)

Carol, they are two very different plants. The mentioned justicia (there are many types) is 1-2 feet tall and has a pink 'flower' that looks like a plume or fountain. The brazilian red cloak is a large bush (can reach 8-10 feet eventually), and has a series of large, red bracts with small, white flowers. It has a very large, light green leaf, much larger than the justicia. They are both very tropical and are borderline in my climate. They are both beautiful. I imagine the justicia can be used as an annual in your area, but the cloak takes more than a year of maturity, in my experience, for it to bloom, and wants to be a large bush.

Anna

    Bookmark   December 12, 2011 at 1:51PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Anna, thanks for the confirmation. I didn't think so either, but the eBay listing below seemed to indicate that it might be. The poster refers to it as "Red justicia". Justicia is sometimes referred to as "Brazilian Plume" but still not the same as Brazilian Red Cloak.

Thanks again, Anna!
Carol

Here is a link that might be useful: eBay:

    Bookmark   December 13, 2011 at 8:43AM
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katkin_gw

I just had to say my red cloak is blooming for the first time this year. I am so happy. I got cuttings a couple of years ago that I rooted. So it was like watching a baby grow up. :o)

    Bookmark   December 14, 2011 at 7:41AM
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