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Raspberry Red Shrimp Plant?

Posted by mecontus CA z10 (My Page) on
Sun, Oct 5, 08 at 3:05

On a trip to Florida last year, I saw a beautiful Justicia--it was low, bushy, had erect spikes of dark raspberry-red bracts with a few small white to pale-pink flowers peeping out. It reminded me of a juicy red Pachystachys (lutea)! Just recently I finally found a picture of it on a tropicals website, and imagine my surprise it's listed as Justicia brandegeana "Red Shrimp Plant". Only problem is the J. brandegeana I know has those lax, curled, furry tan-pinkish or lime green bracts that look like .. well.. fleshy shrimps. It is not the same plant!

Can anyone tell me the difference between Justicia brandegeana 'Red Shrimp Plant' and the common J. brandegeana/beloperone/guttata? Anybody have a suggestion on where can I get my 'Red Shrimp Plant' with the upright raspberry-red spikes and stay away from the bucket o'shrimps? lol

I can't mention or link to the site here on Gardenweb but I can e-mail a picture if you think you might know it..


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RE: Raspberry Red Shrimp Plant?

I grow it in my flower bed - very pretty. Sorry, but I don't know the 'difference'.

RE: Raspberry Red Shrimp Plant?

Hi Kay. I'm not too familiar with shrimp plants. It was so unusual in appearance, it was hard to tell if it was the same species at first. But after some research, I reckon it comes down to a 'difference' in varieties. I just found one called J. b. 'Mutant' at a nursery here in California that is the same or at least close to it. Thanks..

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