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Justicia carnea 'alba' - White Brazilian Plume


Justicia carnea 'alba' - White Brazilian Plume (Justicia carnea 'alba')

I took this picture today. This plant is just starting to bloom



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Beautiful white blossom.

7 Oct, 2008

 

Beautiful

7 Oct, 2008

 

You're probably not going to believe this, but I bought the pink version of this one about 6 years ago, I left it in the ground knowing it wouldn't come back, being it was listed as being a zone 9 plant in all the gardening books many years ago. But guess what, that's right , it came back and has been coming back for 5 years now, turns out it's hardy to zone 7. the newer, updated gardening books still say zone 8, but they are closer nowto the right zone, than they were..lol.

11 Oct, 2008

 

I do believe this...they are very hardy plants. I have seen them listed as being hardy to 28 degrees. I know this not to be true. I was living in the San Francisco Bay Area and in 1990 we had the worst freeze ever recorded in history...the city where I lived in had one morning reading of 22 degrees and about 6 mornings of around freezing and my plant wasn't even damaged.
I lived in Hayward which is USDA zone 10A.

12 Oct, 2008

 

Marguerite,

Actually, the leaves are very soft and the plant takes a least a couple of years to become woody at the base. The branches and leaves break very easily in the wind. They are more of a understory plant...as they are native to the tropical jungles of Brazil.

12 Oct, 2008



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