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Justicia carnea

King's crown

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  • Justicia carnea | Copyright Greenplantswap 2017
  • Justicia carnea | Copyright Greenplantswap 2017

Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height1m to 2m
  • Spread0.5m to 1.5m
  • Growth HabitBranched oval
  • Flower ColourPurple, pink, red, white
  • Leaf ColourMid-green

Description

Justicia carnea (King's crown). This is an evergreen shrub. It will bear dense upright spikes of white, pink or red purple flowers in the summer to autumn. It will grow to a height of 1.5m with a spread of 75cm or more, and has pointed, veined deep green leaves.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

N.S. America

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Some species need regular pruning. Tip prune young plants to promote bushiness.

Propagation

Propagation is by softwood or greenwood cuttings in the spring or early summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Whitefly and red spider mites may cause problems under glass.

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