Jacobinia carnea (syn. Justicia carnea)

The genus Jacobinia includes about 40 species with some of the loveliest flowers of the Acanthaceae family. J. carnea is native to Brazil. The flowers are a delicate pink and arranged in crowded terminal clusters up to 8-10 cm (3-4 in) long. The corolla tube is narrow, expanding upwards and terminated by two slightly downcurved lips. The large leaves, 20 cm (8 in) long, are opposite and hairy on both sides.

A rather high temperature is required. About 25° C (77° F) is a suitable temperature in summer and 16°-18°C (61°-64°F) is sufficient in winter. Light is also important; in a position with insufficient light, it grows too tall and loses its bushy habit. It needs a nourishing compost which should be kept permanently moist, even in winter. Feed with compound fertilizer once a week. Propagate by tip cuttings, taken in February or March and left in water to put out roots.

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