Justicia carnea

Plant of the month: April

Also Known As: Brazilian plume flower

Native To: Brazil

Blooms: Autumn, late winter and spring

Habitat: Subtropical open forest

Where Found At BBG&G: Subtropical House

 

This is a tender ornamental shrub, with soft, felt leaves and stunning pale pink, plume-like flowers. It is related to bear’s breeches or Acanthus, belonging to the family Acanthaceae.

 

This plant is very sensitive to cold, so must only be grown in a warm glasshouse or conservatory. It grows to a height of 1.2 metres and must be positioned in good light and pruned straight after blooming to encourage repeat flowering.