Justicia carnea

Justicia carnea is also known as Brazilian Plume, Brazilian Plume Flower, Flamingo Flower, Hospital too Far, Blood of Jesus, Pine-Bur Begonia, or Jacobinia carnea. It is an upright perennial, evergreen shrub and it belongs to the Acanthaceae family of plants. It is native to Brazil, more precisely the easter Brazil, the ecoregions of Atlantic Forest (Mata Atlântica), it stretches from the Rio Grande do Norte to the Rio Grande do Sul and inland toward Paraguay and part of Argentina. Justicia carnea is mostly grown as an ornamental potted plant and it is only planted outside in temperate climates.

Justicia carnea
Justicia carnea

Justicia carnea has large dark green foliage almost 25cm or 10in long. The flowers are like plumes almost 20cm or 8in tall they are comprised of crimson-pink tubular flowers. Justicia carnea flowers from early summer to autumn. It attracts butterflies and birds. It grows to about 6ft or 1.8m.

Plant Justicia carnea in partial shade or full shade, it needs diffused light. Use moist, humus-rich but well-drained soil. You can pinch the tops to make more bushy and compact. Prune them after flowering to keep them bushy and repeat more flowering. Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings. Justicia carnea is usually disease-free, but watch out for red spider mite or whitefly if it is grown in the greenhouse. Justicia carnea is used in its native local as medicine for anemia.

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