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Variegated Shrimp Plant

Justicia brandegeeana 'Variegata'

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Variegated Shrimp Plant (Justicia brandegeeana 'Variegata') at Roger's Gardens

Variegated Shrimp Plant flowers

Variegated Shrimp Plant flowers

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Variegated Shrimp Plant (Justicia brandegeeana 'Variegata') at Roger's Gardens

Variegated Shrimp Plant in bloom

Variegated Shrimp Plant in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Other Names:  Justicia Brandegeana, syn. Beloperone guttata


This clump forming plant produces bright salmon-orange flower bracts that look like shrimp, over pretty variegated foliage; evergreen in frost free areas; an excellent choice for containers and hanging baskets

Ornamental Features

Variegated Shrimp Plant features showy white tubular flowers with salmon bracts at the ends of the branches from early to late summer. It has white-variegated green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The oval leaves remain green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Variegated Shrimp Plant is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Variegated Shrimp Plant is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Variegated Shrimp Plant will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Variegated Shrimp Plant makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Garden  Container  Basket 
Ornamental Features