Annuals, Evergreen, Perennials, Shrubs
This group of plants is grown chiefly for tubular, tightly clustered flowers or, in the case of Justicia brandegeeana, for showy spikes of bracts. Blossoms of all species attract hummingbirds. Leaves are paired, opposite each other on the stems.Justicia brandegeana
Mexican native. Grows 3 to 4 ft. high and wide. Apple green, oval to elliptic leaves to 2 1/2 in. long. Tubular white flowers spotted with purple are enclosed in overlapping coppery bronze bracts to form compact, drooping, jointed-looking spikes 3 in. long (eventually lengthening to 6 or 7 in.). Spike formation somewhat resembles a large shrimp. Blooms are produced mainly from spring to fall, sporadically rest of year.
South African ice plant relative. Trailing stems to 2 ft. long are profusely set with inch-wide, heart...
Mexican native. Grows 3 to 4 ft. high and wide. Apple green, oval to elliptic leaves to 2 1/2 in. long...
The most treelike species, to 15 ft. tall and wide. Very large (15-in.) flowers are a peachy apricot c...