Shrimp Plant adds Color and Texture to Late Summer

Shrimp Plant blooming, Sept. 2014

Shrimp Plant, Sept. 2014

The Shrimp Plant (Justicia brandegeana) is native to Mexico, and well adapted for the conditions of Texas gardens!

I first acquired this plant as a “bonus” — a discounted price due to poor condition. It is very easy to grow:  provide full sun, water, and just wait for the salmon-colored flowers with parts that resemble clumps of shrimp.

With an above average amount of rain, and below average temperatures this year (Spring and Summer), the Shrimp plant is absolutely flourishing and creating brilliant colors (compared to the faded colors observed during the drought). Continue reading

Shrimp Plant

The Shrimp Plant is native to Mexico so it will grow in hot, dry environments. In my garden, it really adds blooms as the temperature rises. This plant is one of the few in my garden that is in bloom during the “dog days” of summer — it bloomed during the drought as well.

Salmon pink and white flowers bloom throughout summer heat.

Shrimp Plant, July 27, 2013

Before 2010, I had not grown this plant so when I found it, I was curious. I purchased a plant that had a discounted price due to it’s poor condition (Of course, I saw this as a challenge!). With minimal care, this jewel returns each year and never complains about the heat–the height of it’s blooming season.   The plant is located where it receives full sun from morning until about 2:00 p.m. and is then shaded. When we fall into high temperatures no more than 90 degrees, I’m going to try to make a few cuttings so I can put additional plants elsewhere to brighten up my garden in summer!

With cool temperatures and considerable rain this spring, this plant suffered so it doesn’t like water sitting on the roots. I’ve had no other problems with it.