February 1, 2023
Pachystachys lutea

Pachystachys lutea

Pachystachys lutea (lutea means yellow in Latin) is also known as the Beloperone ‘Super Goldy’, Golden Shrimp Plant, Golden Candle, Lollipop Plant or Lollypop Plant. It is part of the Acanthus or Acanthaceae family of plants. It is an evergreen shrub that is native to South America, in particular to Peru.

Pachystachys lutea has lance-shaped leaves. They are dark green. Pachystachys lutea flowers are white grow on a bright yellow bracts. Pachystachys lutea flowers in Spring and Summer, though in it is native habitat it could flower all year. The flowers are long-throated zygomorphic and short-lived. It grows from 50cm-1m or 20in-40in.

Pachystachys lutea
Pachystachys lutea

How to grow Pachystachys lutea:

Plant Pachystachys lutea in moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered and frost-free location. It requires sunlight but preferably diffused sunlight and humidity as it is a subtropical plant. Propagate by softwood cuttings. It is disease-free, but watch out for whitefly and red spider mite, especially if you grow Pachystachys lutea in the greenhouse and indoors. It attracts hummingbirds.

Pachystachys lutea
Pachystachys lutea
Pachystachys lutea
Pachystachys lutea at Kew Garden

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