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Justicia scheidweileri

Justicia scheidweileri is also known as Amphiscopia pohliana, Porphyrocoma lanceolata, Orthotactus pohlianus, Purple Shrimp Plant, Purple Pine Cone, Rose Pine Cone, Jade Magic, South African Acanthus, Maracas Brazilian Fireworks, or Brazilian Fireworks.

It is an evergreen perennial. It is tropical. Justicia scheidweileri has green leaves with silver veins. It produces spikes of red bracts with purplish flowers.

Justicia scheidweileri
Justicia scheidweileri or Purple Shrimp Plant

This plant is native to Brazil. It is part of the Acanthaceae family of plants. That is the Acanthus Family which includes 250 genera and 2500 species. Members of this family of plants are mostly from Central America, Brazil, Indonesia, and Africa.

Justicia scheidweileri was named after James Justice (1698-1763). He was a Scottish gardener, horticulturalist. He authored “The British Gardener’s New Directory“, published in 1771.

Justicia scheidweileri
Justicia scheidweileri or Purple Shrimp Plant

Grow Justicia scheidweileri outdoors in temperate zones such as Hawaii or California. Otherwise, it makes a nice houseplant.

Justicia scheidweileri grows to about 15in or 38cm. It has velvety green leaves. The leaves have large silver veins. It flowers all year. It produces dark red bracts where the purple flowers bloom.

How to grow Justicia scheidweileri:

Justicia scheidweileri or Purple Shrimp Plant prefers shade or partial shade. It is a low maintenance plant. It requires average watering. Plant it in average type soil but well-drained. Propagate Justicia scheidweileri by division or cuttings or seeds sown in winter.

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