Real World Gardener Brazilian Plume Flower in Plant of the Week

November 26th, 2018


Brazilian Plume Flower: Justice carnea & Justicea carnea "alba"

This plant should be grown more in gardens with it’s tropical looking dark green large leaves and the plume of petals either in white or a sort of cerise pink.

But as always, some plants fall out of favour or are just forgotten, and shunned by big box stores that sell a limited range of plants.

You’ll definitely want to grow this after you hear why it’s so good.

Let’s find out.

I'm talking with the plant panel, Jeremy Critchley of and Karen Smith, editor of


  • Justicea can be best described as an erect, evergreen fast growing shrub with an open, rounded habit up to 1.5m
  • It has large deep green leaves that have deep crinkly veins and are sometimes hairy.
  • Lance-shaped dark green leaves, long up to 20 cm and 5 cm broad, with prominent veins.
  • If you’re plants drops their lower leaves, get a big feed and prune back hard after flowering.
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