Red Shrimp, False Hop, Shrimp Bush
Shrimp plant is native to Mexico. It has become naturalized on the Florida penninsula. Many cultivars are available.
Identification: Shrimp plants are 3-5' (1-1.5 m) tall and up to 3' (1 m) wide. Leaves are oval, 1-3" (3-7.5 cm) long. Stems and leaves are downy. Branches are topped by red “flowers” that are really bracts—modified leaves. These have a shape and texture suggestive of shrimp, hence the common name. They are about 6" (15 cm) long and initially white, becoming rusty red, pinkish red, pale pink, deep salmon, orange(-ish), pink-bronze, or brownish red—accounts obviously vary. (Cultivars appear in other colors as well.) The bracts grow in segments like sections of shrimp shells, sometimes reaching as much as a foot in length. The real flowers are white, tubular, with throats containing deep red speckles. They are fairly inconspicuous.
Justicia brandegeana on Wikipedia
Justicia brandegeana on www.rubythroat.org
Justicia brandegeana on FLORIDATA
Justicia brandegeana at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Justicia brandegeana on Desert-tropicals.com
Justicia brandegeana description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 3 Nov 2013.
Range: Zones 9-11: