Justicia betonica's green-veined white bracts hold tiny pink flowers.
This Shrimp plant returned from roots after a mild winter.
Two kinds of Shrimp Plant, Justicia brandgeeana in the near view,
Justicia betonica upper left across the walkway.
Copious rainfall is what I think caused such vigorous growth and early bloom.
So much for my theory that White Shrimp Plant was day-length sensitive.
I guess I simply didn't water enough. I know that one winter I almost killed the White Shrimps because I wasn't giving them enough water at a single watering and the bottom half of the pots was dry.
Red Shrimp Plant is hardy here and the plants survive most winters without dying back. White Shrimp Plant dies back to the roots. I always take cuttings just in case. Sometimes I take cuttings of the red just to have them blooming in a pot.
It took forever to write this post because I found a mail-order source that I'd not seen before and I was looking at all their tropicals and fragrant plants and so many pretties. I saw a photo on The Outlaw Blog today of Bonnie Lassie Alison being encouraged to go ahead and buy an Angel Trumpet. It's a good thing I haven't anybody to encourage me and I can remind myself of just how many plants I can handle.