Plants and Flowers of Pune and India Golden Candle plants or Lemon Lollipop Flowers and golden shrimp plant

Pachystachys lutea, is a perennial (lasting or existing for a long time) herb. It is massed in beds or maintained as a background plant.   It is also known by the common names Golden Candle plants or Lemon Lollipop Flowers and golden shrimp plant. It can reach a height of 36 to 48 inches.  It needs full Sun,  but during hot summer afternoons keep it in shade. Morning sun of 3 hours is essential for the flowers to bloom. It needs a well drained and moist soil. But let the soild dry for a day in between watering. Pinch the tips regularly this encourages bushy growth. They are ususly insect free but might sometimes get infected by spider mites and scale. To remove the infwctions use horticultural oil or insecticidal soap, which are safer than toxic pesticides. Golden Shrimp Plant can be easily propagated with 4″-6″ softwood or semi-ripe cuttings taken from non-blooming shoots.
Pachystachys lutea, golden shrimp plant

Its scientific name is pronounced as puh-KISS-tuh-kiss LOO-tee-uh

See also
Medicinal value please read the disclaimer
Use of Indigenous Plants in Traditional Health Care Systems by Mishing Tribe of Dikhowmukh, Sivasagar District, Assam warren buffet
Ethnobotany of Acanthaceae in the Mount Cameroon region

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