Where I grew up these fascinating plants flourished in the front yard. They really do look like the plant has little shrimps all over it.
Justicia brandegeeana, commonly known as the shrimp plant and the Mexican shrimp plant, is native to Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. The flowers are the small white part with purplish dashes resembling the end of the tail. They extend from layers of red bracts, which make up the “meat” of the tail. Bracts (I had to look this part up) are modified or specialized leaves that are typically part of the reproductive structure.
Question of the Day: Do you eat shrimp? If yes, what’s your favorite way to eat it: scampi style, simply boiled, fried shrimp, stuffed in something, etc.
illustration by me!