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The richly colored inflorescence inspire the common names Firecracker plant and Shrimp-plant, the latter used for species where the cluster of flowers resemples a shrimp cocktail.

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Brazilian Fireworks Maracas   (Justicia pohliana)

Brazilian Plume
King's Crown
Shrimp Plant

Variegated foliage with unique flower form, another choice for the shade, heat tolerant.

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Plant Types: Annual, Interior Plant, Perennial, Tropical
Light: Shade
Height: 6 inches to 8 inches
Width: 8 inches to 10 inches
Zones: 14a to 15b
Bloom Color: Lavender, Pink
Bloom Seasons: Late spring, Early summer, Mid summer, Late summer
Leaf Color: Variegated
Special Features: Attractive foliage
Shape: Upright or erect
Fertilizer: Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food
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Plant Care

Sow seeds in spring. Can also propagate with softwood or semi-ripe cuttings in late spring-midsummer.

Plant Growth:

Leaves are paired. Subtropical evergreen shrub. J. brandegeana forms a 3 by 4 foot mound. Has apple green leaves to 2.5 inches and is good in containers. Justicia grows best in partial shade.


Flowers are tubular and tightly clustered. J. brandegeana's flowers fare enclosed in coppery overlapping bracts forming compact drooping 3 inch spikes that lengthen to 6-7 inches. Spikes are produced mainly spring to fall, sporadically rest of year. Trim the trips of young plants to encourage bushiness.

Soil and Irrigation:

Water needs vary by species. J. brandegeana needs moderate water. Does best in well-draining soil that is fertile.


Implement a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly during growth.


Annually, in mid to late spring, trim shoots that are ruining symmetry. Deadhead if necessary. Plants grown indoors may require extensive pruning in late winter. May need to replace if plants become excessively leggy.


Spidew mites and whiteflies. Other problems include rust, bacterial leaf spots, and fungal leaf spots.