Justicia pringlei

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Cooley's Waterwillow, Cooley's Justicia


Also known as Justicia cooleyi

Plant Specifics

Size:To about 8 inches 1-ft tall by about a foot wide.
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Deep pink
Phenology:Dies back in winter. Blooms summer-fall.
Noted for:Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Makes a nice ground cover in semi-shady to shady areas.
Propagation:Seed.  May self-seed and naturalize.
Availability:FNPS plant sales
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Humus (organic, upland), Sand
Soil pH:Adaptable


Native Habitats:Hammocks, secondary woods and hedge rows.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures