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Genus of about 600 species of evergreen perennials, shrubs and subshrubs from a wide range of habitats in tropical and subtropical regions.
EvergreenPerennials, shrubs and subshrubs.
Additional FeaturesGood to knowSyn. Libonia. Grown for the tubular flowers. Tip prune young plants to encourage bushiness. Plants under glass require hard restrictive pruning in late winter or early spring.Pests & DiseasesUnder glass, red spider mites, whiteflies.Place of originTemperate North America, tropical and subtropical regions worldwide.
Garden Location/ConditionsGreenhouse / conservatoryNot the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winterLoam-based compost and bright, filtered light. Keep draught-free.
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soil
Buy Varieties of JUSTICIA
(syn. Libonia floribunda) - soft downy stems and a rounded habit. This frost tender shrub has tubular yellow and scarlet flowers from autumn to late spring