PACHYSTACHYS

FAMILY: Acanthaceae

TYPE
  • Evergreen
  • Shrubs
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Varies by Species
WATER
  • Varies by Species
PLANTING ZONES
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

Large-foliaged plants with showy terminal blossom spikes that attract hummingbirds. Stems are soft wooded, more herbaceous than shrubby. Similar to Justicia, another member of the same family.

cardinal's guard

pachystachys coccinea

  • Native to the West Indies and South America.
  • Lanky- looking plant to 5 feet or taller, 23 feet wide; for a tidier look, cut back established plants in late winter.
  • Oval, prominently veined leaves to 8 inches long.
  • Summertime flower spikes reach about 6 inches long, with green bracts and tubular, 2 inches-long blossoms in blazing scarlet.
  • Give light shade, well-drained soil, regular water.

yellow shrimp plant, lollipop plant

pachystachys lutea

  • Native to Peru.
  • To 36 feet tall, 112212 feet wide, with narrow, dark green leaves to 5 inches long.
  • Pinch tips during growing season, and cut plant back in winter to reduce lankiness.
  • Blooms constantly in warm weather, bearing 3- to 6 inches-long spikes of neatly overlapping golden yellow bracts; flowers are slender white tubes that emerge from between the bracts.
  • Good for massing and in mixed borders.
  • Give full sun or light shade, moderate water.

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