Justicia carnea

Plant of the month: April

Justicia carnea - Brazilian plume flower

Also Known As: Brazilian plume flower

Native To: Brazil

Blooms: Autumn, late winter and spring

Habitat: Subtropical open forest

Where Found At BBG: 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.