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Justicia carnea Brazilian plume   Acanthaceae

Justicia	carnea,	Brazilian plume


Justicia	carnea,	Brazilian plume	Common name(s):
Brazilian plume
Jacobinia pohliana
Jacobinia carnea
This handsome, evergreen shrub bears dense, erect spikes of white, pink or rose purple flowers in summer to fall (autumn). It grows to a height of 5 ft (1.5 m) with a spread of 30 in (75 cm), and has pointed, veined, deep green leaves. It is frost tender; potted specimens need to be watered freely in full growth, less so at other times. Prune back hard in early spring to encourage branching. Caterpillars and snails can be a problem.
Hardiness zone from 10 To 12
Cultivation : Most species are frost tender. They prefer well-drained soils in full sun or bright filtered light. They require shelter from the wind as many species have somewhat brittle stems. Plants can be kept neat and bushy by pinching out the growing tips. They are easily propagated from cuttings of non-flowering shoots taken in spring.