Hi there, everyone! I’ve been taking a little blogging break for a few weeks but I’m back today to share with you a “New-to-Me” perennial that I’ve just planted. I’m finding that it’s a plant with many names but the one that the lady used who sold it to me is Jacobinia.
Its botanical name is Justicia carnea but it also is known as the plume flower, flamingo flower, Brazilian plume, pine-bur begonia, feather duster plant, and jacobinia. It is a tropical plant that’s native to Brazil.
And I had never seen or heard of this plant until last week when I saw several of them at our local farmer’s market.
I was immediately attracted to the pretty pink pinecone shaped flowers and I purchased 2 of them. Each cost $6.99.
The lady at the farmer’s market told me to give it full sun and that it was a tender perennial in our area. She said her plants survived our past cold winter with heavy mulching. (I live in zone 8.)
One of the joys of gardening is finding new plants but since I didn’t know much about jacobinia, I decided to put them in containers until I learned more about their growth habit.
I just happened to have 2 large vintage planters that we had purchased from a picker who found them at a very old house. He said that they had to be at least 50-75 years old. They are made of concrete and are extremely heavy.
So I finally got them planted this past Friday.
When I first purchased the jacobinia plants, they had many more plumes on them. But the heat and dry weather of this past week must have taken a toll on them. I have since learned that I need to pinch the spent flower heads to encourage the development of more plumes.
Since the jacobinia plants are still small, I chose to underplant them with trailing vinca. I was delighted to find some at a local garden center. It is hard to find the trailing kind since the plants were afflicted with a virus for many years.
You are probably wondering how large will the jacobinia plants get, right? Well, so am I, but I have read that they can grow from 24-36 inches tall.
If they outgrow my vintage containers, I’ll just plant them in the ground.
Although the lady at the farmer’s market told me that they like full sun, I decided to put them where they will receive partial shade after reading more about them.
And since I’m talking about flowers today, I thought I’d show you some other pretty flowers that I have growing near where I planted the jacobinia.
Nearby are the flower baskets on wooden posts planted with an assortment of pink flowers.
Now, is it my imagination, or is that planter leaning a bit? Gosh, I hope not because it will take the two of us to straighten it. Those planters are THAT heavy!
Today is the 10th and I’m joining some of my blogging friends in sharing our favorite items that cost under $10. Hope you get a chance to visit all of them!
Tammy at Patina and Paint
Patti at Pandora’s Box
Stacey at Poofing the Pillows
Mary at The Boondocks Blog
Eilis at My Heart Lives Here