Mexican Honeysuckle

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Mexican Honeysuckle

Justicia spicigera
Mexican Honeysuckle, Spicy Honeysuckle, Firecracker Plant, Orange Plume Flower
2

3 feet
3

4 feet
Central America
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Low
  • Evergreen
  • Flowering
  • Hummingbirds

About This Plant

Sun/part shade; nearly evergreen, with velvety leaves, floppy branches and a rounded form. Orange tube flowers appear on and off throughout the year. Use it to lend evergreen bulk to background areas under trees — even under live oaks.

In most winters it stays green — it’s not uncommon to see it blooming while covered with ice — though it may freeze back if temperatures drop below 22 degrees F.

Although they share a name, Mexican honeysuckle is unrelated to Japanese honeysuckle.

Maintenance

Shape as needed. Cut back a little in late winter (January-February) to promote new growth.

The clumps can be easily divided.

Features

Plant Type:
Perennial
Size:
2-3' H, 3-4' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Clay, Sandy
Wildlife:
Hummingbirds
Flower Color:
Orange
Bloom Time:
March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:

This plant goes well with

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