Unusual and exotic, Justicia is known for its orange crown of flowers at the tips of its branches. The orange tubular flowers attract hummingbirds and all other types of pollinators to the garden. The beautiful large green leaves are an excellent contrast to the orange flowers and look stunning as a border plant. Justicia can also be used as a container plant or mixed in with other plants to make an attractive container garden for your patio, porch, or lanai. This evergreen shrub can be treated as a tender perennial in zone 9b and is hardy in zones 10 and above.
Plant Justicia in a location with morning sun or part shade throughout the day. This plant loves well-drained soil. Water when the ground is dry. During the summer months, do not let the plant dry out. Once the flowers dry, prune the tips of the branches to encourage more growth and flowering. Fertilize with a well-balanced fertilizer about once a month during the growing season. Follow the product label instructions for your fertilizer of choice.
Note: These plants are grown for decorative purposes and are not intended for human or animal consumption
Outstanding Features: Tubular orange flowers, dark green leaves, pollinator plant
Water daily until established, then water as needed.
9b and above
Well-balanced fertilizer about once a month
2-3 feet tall and about 3 feet wide, depending on the variety
In zones 8 and lower, use as a container plant or as an annual in the landscape
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