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 brandegeeana
Evergreen. Mexican native. Grows to 3–4 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 the rest of the year.
This South African native, a relative of ice plant, produces trailing stems to 2 ft. long set with inc...
Evergreen. Mexican native. Grows to 3–4 ft. high and wide. Apple green, oval to elliptic leaves ...
The most treelike species, to 15 ft. tall and wide. Very large (15-in.) flowers are a peachy apricot c...