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Pachystachys lutea

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Golden Shrimp Plant, Lollipop Plant

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderLamialesAromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary
FamilyAcanthaceaeAcanthus family, of tropical herbs and shrubs
GenusPachystachys
Specieslutea

About plant names...

Shrimp plant is native to Mexico. It is not found in the wild in the US.

Golden shimp plants are easily confused with yellow shrimp plants—even at close range, they look nearly the same. But the yellow shrimp plants (Justicia brandegeana ‘Yellow’) are really cultivars of the red shrimp plant, while the closely related golden shrimp plant, Pachystachys lutea, is a different genus. If you are growing these plants, the difference matters, because the latter (golden) is not as cold hardy or drought tolerant.

Identification: Shrimp plants are 3-4' (91-121 cm) tall. Leaves are oval, 1-3" (3-7.5 cm) long. Stems and leaves are downy. Branches are topped by yellow “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 bright yellow. 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 long throats containing deep red speckles. They show bilateral symmetry. They are about ¾" (1.9 cm), and fairly inconspicuous compared to the yellow bracts.

Online References:

Pachystachys lutea at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Pachystachys lutea on the USDA Plants Database

Pachystachys lutea on wimastergardener.org

Pachystachys lutea on houseplants.about.com

Pachystachys lutea description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 Jun 2015.

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Pachystachys lutea (Golden Shrimp Plant, Lollipop Plant)

8/31/2013 · Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA
≈ 7 × 8" (18 × 19 cm)

Pachystachys lutea (Golden Shrimp Plant, Lollipop Plant)

8/31/2013 · Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA
≈ 7 × 10" (16 × 25 cm)

Pachystachys lutea (Golden Shrimp Plant, Lollipop Plant)

4/10/2015 · Naples Botanical Garden, Naples, FL
≈ 15 × 10" (37 × 25 cm)

Pachystachys lutea (Golden Shrimp Plant, Lollipop Plant)

4/10/2015 · Naples Botanical Garden, Naples, FL
≈ 8 × 10" (21 × 25 cm)

Range: Zones 10-11:

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