A plant that truly lives up to its common name, Pachystachys lutea is known as the Golden Candles Plant.
This is a tropical to subtropical plant from Central America. Sometimes called the golden shrimp plant, it is related to Justica species, however it is a separate species.
The golden yellow flower bracts are what gives this plant its common name, they are held upright above the foliage.
This is a long flowering plant in warmer climates and can be used a background plant in the garden border, as a low informal hedge or a feature plant.
Sometimes grown as an indoor plant in cooler climates, it is better outdoors as the plant forms a large bushy shrub over time.
Best grown in part shade, however wityh good light for flowering. A humus rich soil and a warm sheltered position are essential.
Mulch around the plant to maintain a cool root run.
Prune back fairly hard just as spring begins to maintain a bushy habit.
Easy from cuttings taken in late spring.
- Botanical Name – Pachystachys lutea
- Common Names – Golden Candle plant, Golden Shrimp Plant, Lollipop plant and Golden Candles.
- Climate – Best suited to tropical to sub tropical.
- Soil Humus rich and moist with good drainage.
- Position – Full sun to part shade, best in morning sun and afternoon dappled shade.
- Frost tolerant – No
- Height – To 1 to 2 metres
- Spread – To 2 metres.
- Foliage – Lance shaped, mid green.
- Flowers – Prominent yellow bracts with small white actual flowers.