Pachystachys lutea (Golden Shrimp Plant, Golden Candle, Lollipop-plant)

Native to Peru, this small shrub bears unique inflorescences that vaguely resemble shrimp dyed a yellow color.

Pachystachys lutea (Golden Shrimp Plant, Golden Candle, Lollipop-plant)
Deciduous: no
Hardiness Zones: 10-11
Height: usually 30-45 centimeters (12-18 inches) tall, to 1.8 meters (6 feet) in native habitats
Diameter: typically 30-45 centimeters (12-18 inches) across
Growth Rate: moderate to fast
Age: perennial
Root System: fibrous
Family: Acanthaceae
Subspecies: none
Tolerates: tolerant of a wide range of soils
Problems (major):aphids (specifically on new growth), whiteflies
Problems (minor): spider mites, leaf drop in cold areas (below 16 degrees Celsius or 60 degrees Fahrenheit)
Poisonous: no
Soil requirements: requires moist, well-drained soils with copious nutrients
Air requirements: demands consistently warm conditions
Watering requirement: moderate, allow to dry out slightly between waterings
Sun requirement: full sun once mature, tolerant of shade when young
Leaf shape: lanceolate, heavily veined, thick, simple, opposite
Leaf size: to 15 centimeters (6 inches) long
Flowering structure: four-sided, spire-like inflorescences with yellow bracts, white flowers emerging occasionally, to 10 centimeters (4 inches) tall with 2.5 centimeter (1 inch) long flowers
Flowering frequency: summertime in temperate regions, year-round in tropical climates
Fruit: berry-like, held in a capsule
Monocot/Dicot: dicot
Monoecious/Dioecious: flowers bisexual
Notable characteristics:
The flowering structures are very showy with bright yellow bracts and cream-white flowers emerging throughout the summer.

Golden Candles are grown almost solely for their ornamental value.
Sources used:

A Golden Shrimp Plant in flower at the Missouri Botanical Garden

All of the images provided were taken by me. They may be used for educational/informational purposes only, provided that this article/online journal is appropriately cited first.


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