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Dicliptera suberecta * Hummingbird Bush (syn. Justicia suberecta)

Dicliptera suberecta is graced with loads of slender orange-red flowers through the late Summer and Fall. The soft gray leaves make the Hummingbird Bush a great addition to the sages, lavenders and artemisia's in the gray garden. I have had Dicliptera suberecta survive cold to 16° F, though it looked pretty sketchy for about 6 months. Hummingbird Bush dies back to the ground for a few months and then comes back strongly in the spring. I have grown it in light shade to full sun. If attracting hummingbirds is one of your goals this plant is a must for your garden. It is also known as Justicia suberecta in some texts but I think that name is outdated. Dicliptera suberecta attracts the Cloudless Sulfur and is a fine addition to the Butterfly Garden.

Dicliptera suberecta, Hummingbird Bush

Orange-red flowers of Dicliptera suberecta - Hummingbird Bush. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.