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Shrimp Plant Fruit Cocktail Unusual Tropical


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4 inch Pots - Mature, well rooted starter size plant, growing and shipped in a 4 inch diameter plastic pot.  Plant will be a minimum of about 6 inches to 8  inches tall.  Unlikely to have bloom or bud at the time of shipping. 

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Botantical Name

Justicia brandegeana Fruit Cocktail

Common Name

Fruit Cocktail Shrimp

Plant Family:


Mature Size:

 2 ft x 2 ft

Bloom Color:

Golden Lime Rose Pink

Bloom Form:

Unusual shrimp shape, unique to the species

Bloom Time:

 Perpetual Warm Season





Water Needs:


Light Needs:

Light Shade

Key Features:

 Easy, fast grower, showy, unique bloom

Suggested Uses:

Potted, mixed perinneals, mass planting

About Tropical Fruit Cocktail Shrimp Plant:

Tropical Shrimp plants are also known as Beloperone guttata. The plant family of the justicias is very big, and has lots of interesting cultivars. Of the shrimp justicias, the red, and the bright yellow varieties are probably the most popular and best known.

Tropical Fruit Cocktail Shrimp Plant grows in a clump of long slender stems that are topped by 3 to 4 inch long, bright lime green to yellow bracts. (Bracts are type of plant tissue that is not actually a flower, but a form of leaf tissue...also seen in poinsettias and bougainvilleas).  The actual 'flower' is then a rose pink long tongue shaped pair of oval petals that extend out of the bright colored bract.  This bloom assembly resembles a large shrimp in shape..hence the common name.  Tropical Fruit Cocktail Shrimp Plant is an interesting and unique plant that once found and enjoyed, remains a favorite season after season.

For the best results with Tropical Fruit Cocktail Shrimp Plant:

  • Plant in loose, fertile, well draining soil.
  • Locate in lightly dappled shade
  • Supply supplemental irrigation to maintain consistent soil moisture
  • Feed a good quality slow release bloom boosting plant food 2 to 3 time yearly.
  • Prune after flowering to maintain size and control legginess.
  • Protect from frost and freeze.

Shrimp Plants are easy to grow.   They will spread by forming new plants when the stems grow long and become heavy.  New roots will easily form at any joint that touches the ground.  Shrimp plants benefit from a regular pruning.  These can even be trained on trellises and fences by allowing the long stems to grow and then tying them to a support.  Shrimps work great in mixed perennial beds, borders or any other pot where you want a mass of continuous color.  The bloom cycle is long beginning in the early spring and lasting until early winter in tropical climates.  They lend great interest, texture and color and are nice in combination with crotons, coleus or similar plants with colored leaves.

  • Model: JUS-SHR-FC
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1lbs
  • 18 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Emerald Goddess Gardens

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