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propagating perennials: Justicia-Mexican Hummingbird
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Monday, October 27, 2008

Justicia-Mexican Hummingbird

Propagating Justicia or Mexican hummingbird can only be accomplished by seed, cuttings, fairly easily, or by layering but only in Zones 9-11, it dies back in Zone 8, but will re-surface in the spring. It is an annual in other zones but can be brought into a greenhouse or home to be wintered over. It is a perennial but can become a small evergreen shrub with some varieties growing upwards of 7', average is 2', in a shady location with a well draining soil. It is not deer resistant but attracts hummingbirds and its blooms rangethe full spectrum. Yellow, white, red, pink, orange, purple and will bloom all summer, but well not tolerate humidity. Fertilize in spring, summer and fall.

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