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Justicia spicigera

Mohintli

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Features

  • BloomsSeptember to April
  • Height1m to 2m
  • Spread0.75m to 1.3m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourRed orange
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Justicia spicigera (Mohintli). This is an upright bushy shrub which will grow about 1.8m tall. The mid-green leaves are oval and deeply veined. The flowers are produced in loose terminal clusters of orange to red tubular flowers about 35mm long; they are produced in succession all through the warmer months.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

Mexico to Columbia

Interest and use

Attracts humming birds in suitable geographical locations.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessTender (min 11°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterSemi-moist or 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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