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RED Shrimp Unusual Tropical Flowering Plant


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Justicia brandegeana (formerly named Beloperone guttata)  is a member of the very large species of the Justicias.  Many are commonly called Shrimp Plants, with the red being probably the best known and most popular.

Tropical Red Shrimp Plant grows in a clump of long slender stems that are topped by 3 to 4 inch long, bright rust red to maroon 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 white 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 Shrimp Plant.  

It is an interesting and unique plant that once found and enjoyed, remains a favorite season after season.

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.  They 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 elements in combination garden pots.

Available Size:

4 inch Pots - One (1) 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, and unlikely to have bloom or bud at the time of shipping. 

Botanical Name Justicia brandegeana
Common Name Red Shrimp Plant
Plant Family Justicia
Mature Size 4 feet
Bloom Color Rusty Red
Bloom Form Unique to the species
Bloom Time Warm Season
Zone 9, 10, 11
Fragrance None
Key Features Showy, unique, attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
Suggested Uses Beds, Borders, Pots
Grower Notes Unusual flowers, easy to gro


  • 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.


  • Model: JUS-SHR-RED
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3lbs
  • 3 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Emerald Goddess Gardens

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