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.
P. coccinea. CARDINAL'S GUARD. Native to the West Indies and South America. Lanky- looking plant to 5 ft. or taller, 23 ft. wide; for a tidier look, cut back established plants in late winter. Oval, prominently veined leaves to 8 in. long. Summertime flower spikes reach about 6 in. long, with green bracts and tubular, 2-in.-long blossoms in blazing scarlet. Give light shade, well-drained soil, regular water.
P. lutea. YELLOW SHRIMP PLANT, LOLLIPOP PLANT. Native to Peru. To 36 ft. tall, 112212 ft. wide, with narrow, dark green leaves to 5 in. long. Pinch tips during growing season, and cut plant back in winter to reduce lankiness. Blooms constantly in warm weather, bearing 3- to 6-in.-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.