These perennials usually remain in the 1 to 2 feet high range under most conditions. They are still low enough for the front of perennial border, garden, and landscape and some of the rhizomatous species will make low to medium height groundcovers. Their tidy habits also lend them to use as fillers and spillers for container specimens and in combinations for small to medium sized containers. Growing conditons and how well a plant is established may affect it's ultimate size.
Orange to yellow tubular flowers emerge from spikes of red bracts atop compact plants from spring to fall to year round under warm tropical conditions. The Mexican Plume or Orange Shrimp Plant, Justicia fulvicoma, is a dense and lower growing Shrimp Plant with a more compact growing habit than the Red Shrimp Plant, Justicia brandegeeana, reaching about 24" high. It is quite tolerant of light conditions ranging from full sun to light shade but may have the densest habit in sunnier conditions. The flowers attract hummingbirds, larger butterflies, and other pollinators. Use the Mexican Plume to add color in containers, as a specimen or in mixed container gardens, as well as in the garden and landscape. Provide an average to well-drained, moderately fertile, average moist soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 12067