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Water-willows (Justicia)
Water-willows are a large genus comprising hundreds of species of water-loving plants, all of which grow in wetlands and damp habitats. These plants thrive in the warm tropical climates of Africa, India, and the Americas. The shrimp-like flowers of many species in this genus explain the common name "shrimp plant", and are much-loved by butterflies.
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Key Facts About Water-willows

Attributes of Water-willows

Leaf type
Semi-evergreen

Scientific Classification of Water-willows

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Distribution of Water-willows

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Exploring the Water-willows Plants

8 most common species:
Justicia brandegeeana
Shrimp plant
This evergreen shrub comes from the understory of tropical forests in Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala. The shrimp plant is a popular, hardy landscaping choice that will attract hummingbirds and butterflies. One look at the distinctive bracts at the tips of its stems will tell you exactly how this plant got its common name.
Justicia carnea
Brazilian-plume
Brazilian-plume (Justicia carnea) is a shrub species grows best in the shade, but can still grow in sunlight. Brazilian-plume is often commonly called the “Pine-Bur Begonia” and “Flamingo Flower.” This plant is native to South Africa. It is often planted in tropical gardens because of its bright pink foliage.
Justicia spicigera
Mexican honeysuckle
Mexican honeysuckle (Justicia spicigera) is a flowering perennial shrub that grows well in full sunlight or partial shade. Mexican honeysuckle is native to Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, and Mexico. Mexican honeysuckle is used to make tea, which dyes the steeping water blue.
Justicia americana
American water-willow
American water-willow (Justicia americana) is a perennial aquatic plant that will grow from 30 to 91 cm above the water. Commonly found growing along streams it forms dense colonies that help to stabilize shorelines. Its leaves look like willow tree leaves. Blooms from spring to fall with white orchid-like flowers. It grows by rhizomes that provide food for fish ducks and other aquatic lifeforms as well as beavers nutria and muskrats.
Justicia procumbens
Water willow
We attach small purple-red flowers in summer. The stem crawls slightly at the base, branches and rises slightly. The height is about 10 to 40 cm, and the stem has short hairs downward. There are knots on the stem, and each node has a leaf. The leaves are 2 to 4 cm in length, have a short handle, are oval and soft, have a slightly sharp tip, and have hair on both sides. Spike the spikes from the tip of the stem. The inflorescences are dense, and each flower has a bract at its base, so it looks like a stick with bracts lined up in appearance. The calyx is deeply split into five. The flower is a so-called lip flower type, the upper lip is a small triangle, the tip is 2 splits, the lower lip is rounded and warped and the tip is 3 splits, the whole is white, but the lower lip is wide reddish purple, so reddish purple Often gives the impression of a flower.
Justicia californica
Hummingbird bush
Hummingbird bush (Justicia californica) is a deciduous perennial shrub that will grow from 61 to 213 cm tall. It blooms from spring to summer with bright red tubular-shaped flowers that attract hummingbirds and other long-beaked birds. Commonly found growing along rocky hillsides washes or sandy plains. Grows in full sun and prefers sandy well-drained soil.
Justicia gendarussa
Water willow
Water willow (Justicia gendarussa) is a shrub that’s indigenous to the tropical parts of Africa and Asia. It is used as an attractive ornamental plant and can be grown into barrier hedges. Dried water willow leaves can reportedly be used to keep insects from attacking clothing.
Justicia brasiliana
Brazilian shrimp plant
Brazilian shrimp plant features uniquely shaped blooms that resemble shrimp. In addition to its ornamental qualities, it has traditional medicinal uses in Brazil and is known to attract hummingbirds and butterflies to gardens.

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Shrimp plant
Justicia brandegeeana
Shrimp plant
This evergreen shrub comes from the understory of tropical forests in Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala. The shrimp plant is a popular, hardy landscaping choice that will attract hummingbirds and butterflies. One look at the distinctive bracts at the tips of its stems will tell you exactly how this plant got its common name.
Brazilian-plume
Justicia carnea
Brazilian-plume
Brazilian-plume (Justicia carnea) is a shrub species grows best in the shade, but can still grow in sunlight. Brazilian-plume is often commonly called the “Pine-Bur Begonia” and “Flamingo Flower.” This plant is native to South Africa. It is often planted in tropical gardens because of its bright pink foliage.
Mexican honeysuckle
Justicia spicigera
Mexican honeysuckle
Mexican honeysuckle (Justicia spicigera) is a flowering perennial shrub that grows well in full sunlight or partial shade. Mexican honeysuckle is native to Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, and Mexico. Mexican honeysuckle is used to make tea, which dyes the steeping water blue.
American water-willow
Justicia americana
American water-willow
American water-willow (Justicia americana) is a perennial aquatic plant that will grow from 30 to 91 cm above the water. Commonly found growing along streams it forms dense colonies that help to stabilize shorelines. Its leaves look like willow tree leaves. Blooms from spring to fall with white orchid-like flowers. It grows by rhizomes that provide food for fish ducks and other aquatic lifeforms as well as beavers nutria and muskrats.
Water willow
Justicia procumbens
Water willow
We attach small purple-red flowers in summer. The stem crawls slightly at the base, branches and rises slightly. The height is about 10 to 40 cm, and the stem has short hairs downward. There are knots on the stem, and each node has a leaf. The leaves are 2 to 4 cm in length, have a short handle, are oval and soft, have a slightly sharp tip, and have hair on both sides. Spike the spikes from the tip of the stem. The inflorescences are dense, and each flower has a bract at its base, so it looks like a stick with bracts lined up in appearance. The calyx is deeply split into five. The flower is a so-called lip flower type, the upper lip is a small triangle, the tip is 2 splits, the lower lip is rounded and warped and the tip is 3 splits, the whole is white, but the lower lip is wide reddish purple, so reddish purple Often gives the impression of a flower.
Hummingbird bush
Justicia californica
Hummingbird bush
Hummingbird bush (Justicia californica) is a deciduous perennial shrub that will grow from 61 to 213 cm tall. It blooms from spring to summer with bright red tubular-shaped flowers that attract hummingbirds and other long-beaked birds. Commonly found growing along rocky hillsides washes or sandy plains. Grows in full sun and prefers sandy well-drained soil.
Water willow
Justicia gendarussa
Water willow
Water willow (Justicia gendarussa) is a shrub that’s indigenous to the tropical parts of Africa and Asia. It is used as an attractive ornamental plant and can be grown into barrier hedges. Dried water willow leaves can reportedly be used to keep insects from attacking clothing.
Brazilian shrimp plant
Justicia brasiliana
Brazilian shrimp plant
Brazilian shrimp plant features uniquely shaped blooms that resemble shrimp. In addition to its ornamental qualities, it has traditional medicinal uses in Brazil and is known to attract hummingbirds and butterflies to gardens.
Justicia ventricosa
Justicia ventricosa
Justicia ventricosa
Justicia ventricosa are a large genus comprising hundreds of species of water-loving plants, all of which grow in wetlands and damp habitats. These plants thrive in the warm tropical climates of Africa, India, and the Americas. The shrimp-like flowers of many species in this genus explain the common name "shrimp plant", and are much-loved by butterflies.
Squirrel's tail
Justicia betonica
Squirrel's tail
Squirrel's tail is a shrubby herb native to the tropical parts of Asia and Africa. It has become very invasive in both Australia and Hawaii, where it forms dense infestations along ponds, rivers, and streams, crowding out native plants.
Justicia tubulosa
Justicia tubulosa
Justicia tubulosa
The justicia tubulosa (Justicia tubulosa) was named for James Justice, an 18th-century Scottish horticulturist. The evergreen shrub produces small, showy, tubular white flowers. Justicia plants are generally heat-loving plants and attract butterflies into the garden.
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Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
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Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
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Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
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Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
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Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
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Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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Justicia
Water-willows are a large genus comprising hundreds of species of water-loving plants, all of which grow in wetlands and damp habitats. These plants thrive in the warm tropical climates of Africa, India, and the Americas. The shrimp-like flowers of many species in this genus explain the common name "shrimp plant", and are much-loved by butterflies.
Lifespan
Lifespan
Perennial
Plant Type
Plant Type
Herb/Vine
info

Key Facts About Water-willows

Attributes of Water-willows

Leaf type
Semi-evergreen

Scientific Classification of Water-willows

distribution

Distribution of Water-willows

Distribution Map of Water-willows

distribution map
Native
Cultivated
Invasive
Potentially invasive
Exotic
No species reported
species

Exploring the Water-willows Plants

8 most common species:
Justicia brandegeeana
Shrimp plant
This evergreen shrub comes from the understory of tropical forests in Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala. The shrimp plant is a popular, hardy landscaping choice that will attract hummingbirds and butterflies. One look at the distinctive bracts at the tips of its stems will tell you exactly how this plant got its common name.
Justicia carnea
Brazilian-plume
Brazilian-plume (Justicia carnea) is a shrub species grows best in the shade, but can still grow in sunlight. Brazilian-plume is often commonly called the “Pine-Bur Begonia” and “Flamingo Flower.” This plant is native to South Africa. It is often planted in tropical gardens because of its bright pink foliage.
Justicia spicigera
Mexican honeysuckle
Mexican honeysuckle (Justicia spicigera) is a flowering perennial shrub that grows well in full sunlight or partial shade. Mexican honeysuckle is native to Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, and Mexico. Mexican honeysuckle is used to make tea, which dyes the steeping water blue.
Justicia americana
American water-willow
American water-willow (Justicia americana) is a perennial aquatic plant that will grow from 30 to 91 cm above the water. Commonly found growing along streams it forms dense colonies that help to stabilize shorelines. Its leaves look like willow tree leaves. Blooms from spring to fall with white orchid-like flowers. It grows by rhizomes that provide food for fish ducks and other aquatic lifeforms as well as beavers nutria and muskrats.
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All Species of Water-willows

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More Popular Genus

Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
Rubus
Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
Acer
Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
Quercus
Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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