Plantidote of the Day 2011-11-15
Summer sun justicia
A favorite with hummingbirds, bees and butterflies, justicia leonardii is a native of Mexico. It's best suited to Zones 8b through 11. The plant blooms for months at a time, as long as it has full sun and not too much water, although it's fine with humidity.
In the right environment, justicias can grow to a height of 6 feet or more. They're easy to propagate from cuttings and relatively pest free. And, according to one garden blog, they can be grown in other climates as long as they're brought indoors during winter.
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