Jacobinia Firefly

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Light up your garden with this neat little free-flowering brightly-coloured Brazilian shrub. Plant in a warm spot in dappled shade in your subtropical back yard; or in a tub in a cooler climate so you can shelter it over winter.

flowering shrub image: Tracie Hall cropped to size.

Jacobinia pauciflora, Justicia rizzinii, Justicia floribunda 'Firefly'

APPEARANCE : Dense growing shrub with small leaves and abundant small tubular flowers shaded from red to yellow in late winter and spring, often into summer. Interestingly, 'pauciflora' means few flowers and 'floribunda' means abundant flowers; so it looks like the early taxonomists couldn't agree! RHS Award of Garden Merit
ORIGIN : Tropical South America - sometimes called the Brazilian fuchsia although it is not a fuchsia
USE FOR : Bright early season garden colour, potted colour
CLIMATE : Protect from drought and cold; thrives over 10C. If you live in a cooler climate, plant in a pot on a well lit patio.
PLANTING: Plant in partial shade to full sun in a sheltered position in the garden. Dappled shade is ideal. Happy in almost any well-drained soil
CARE: Prune after flowering to encourage dense growth habit and continued flowering. Mulch and apply liquid fertiliser each spring. Give plenty of water during dry periods.
HEIGHT & WIDTH: 0.5-1.5 m H x 0.5-1 m W.
YOUR PLANTS : These are tubestock plants, healthy young plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 80mm high and 42 mm wide.
You can see an example in the image gallery.
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