Justicia spicigera     
Mexican honeysuckle   
Acanthaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Form: herbaceous round shrub
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: 3-4ft, spread 4-6ft
Leaves: simple, velvety, ovate, slender, 3in long
Flowers: bright orange, tubular, on branch terminals, to 1.5in long; bloom from early spring through summer for a period as long as 9 months
Fruit: not significant
orange blooms
young blooms
Stems/Trunks: soft, tender look; not ornamental
Range/Origin: Mexico and South America
Hardiness: to low twenties; may freeze to ground but recovers quickly




Mexican honeysuckle
Justicia spicigera
aka Firecracker bush

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