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Justicia spicigera, photo courtesy of Steven A. Gunther
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Justicia spicigera

Mexican Honeysuckle
Evergreen, Shrubs, Flowers


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 spicigera

From Mexico andCentral America. To 3 ft. high, 4 ft. wide, with light green, smooth or velvety leaves. Few floweredclusters of 1 1/ or orange-red flowers appear nearly year-round, peakingin spring and fall. Full sun or partial shade. Little to regular water.

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