Showy small shrub with red and white flower spikes. Shrimp Plant is evergreen in mild climates, and blooms almost continuously. The leaves are oval, light green. The young stems and the undersides of the leaves are soft and downy. There are cultivars with yellow bracts, bright red bracts, and others with lime green bracts. See Justicia brandegeana Fruit Cocktail, Justicia brandegeana, Justicia brandegeana lutea.
A weak, sprawling plant, it needs regular pruning.
It can also be grown in colder areas in wide pots, as long as it is brought indoors during winter.