This plant’s unusual name comes from the bright salmon-colored bracts that weep and curl at the end of the stems. The showy spectacle of bracts is an open invitation to all sorts of pollinators, including hummingbirds. The shrimp plant can grow up to about 6 feet depending on the variety; however, the most common varieties reach a very manageable height of 3 feet tall. This plant makes a beautiful accent plant or an attractive container plant. Plant the shrimp plant as part of a butterfly garden to see a steady clientele come to feed, especially in the morning and evenings. These plants are also available as standards with a simple trunk or a fancy braided trunk.
Shrimp plants need a fair amount of sun to make sure the colorful bracts stay brilliant, however too much sun can fade the bracts. Ideally, plant it where it can get a good dose of morning sun then partial shade during the hottest part of the day. Plant in soil rich in organic matter. Water regularly, especially in warm weather. This plant will appreciate a gentle pruning throughout the year to keep its shape and stay full. Prune the plant when the flowering has slowed down to maximize the colorful spectacle throughout the year. Fertilize with a fertilizer for blooming plants.
Note: These plants are grown for decorative purposes and are not intended for human or animal consumption
Outstanding Features: Adds color and texture and interest to the garden.
Bracts can be salmon, pink or yellow with tiny white flowers, depending on the variety.
Water regularly until established, then as needed
8 and above
Well-balanced fertilizer throughout the growing season
Full sun to partial sun
3-4 feet tall
In zones 7 and lower, use as a container plant or as an annual in the landscape
Plumbago, pennisetum, duranta