The Enigmatic Shrimp Plants
I have a great liking for the Shrimp Plant family, the Acanthaceae. The family has some of the most exquisite and colorful inflorescences of any family. Some of the species are common in horticulture, some are good landscape plants, and some of the most colorful are neither one at all. At Pinecrest Gardens, we have several species in the family, and I would like to experiment with many more. There are some generalities to be made about growing these plants, and some of the most consistent are their needs for water, bright light and frequent fertilizing with extra iron in their diet.
|Giant Yellow Shrimp Plant|
|Double Orange Shrimp Plant|
Justicia spicigera 'Sidicaro'
a durable and rewarding
landscape plant for warm areas
|Yellow Shrimp Plant|
a sturdy and versatile landscape
plant, with several color forms
As with all my blogs, I say that with so much diversity available, there is no good reason to have a garden which looks like everyone else's garden. A bit of online plant hunting will usually provide some good sources for new plants. Experiment with some new plants, and you might be amazed that with a bit of knowledge, some new plants, and an open mind, growing a great garden is easier than you think.