The Shrimp Plant of Belize

the shrimp plant of belize

The Shrimp Plant (Justicia brandegeana) is an evergreen shrub belonging to the family Acanthaceae. The most compelling feature of this plant is the red-orange arched heart shaped bracts surrounding the white flowers. When grown in light shade and moist soil it can grow to be 3 to 4 feet in height and blooms throughout the year. Other than being a native species of Mexico this ornamental plant can be grown by propagation from cuttings or air layering. Different flower bract colors resplendent in several cultivated species include yellow, pink and dark brick-red.