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Beloperone guttata (Shrimp plant)

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Plant description

beloporone shrimp plant

beloperone guttata shrimp plant flower(1)

Beloperone guttata, or the shrimp plant, is an ornamental small shrubby perennial plant grown for the decorative, unusual flowers. The actual flowers are small and white, but they are enclosed by large yellow bracts in a tall spike formation. The plant is best in warm frost free areas. It is a good feature plant for semi-shaded areas, and is also a good container plant. It makes a good indoor plant for bright areas. It is densely branched, and tip pruning every so often will ensure a more compact plant. Fertilise regularly through the warmer months to keep the plant looking at its best.

This plant is also known as Justicia brandegeana.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: yellow, white
Flowering season: spring summer autumn winter

Plant size

Maximum height: 1.5 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 1 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

Will tolerate partial sunlight.
The frost tolerance of this plant is not specified.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Soil pH: 5.5-7.0

Pests

Mites, mealy bugs, aphids, white fly

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: not specified.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose, applied through active growth..

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