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Gardening in South Louisiana

Liriope and Shrimps for Labor Day

For this past Labor Day’s weekend,  there was lots of pouring rain in Baton Rouge, which was not good for our outdoor plans.  But, one of the seven plant mysteries in my garden was solved at last!   (Actually, at any given time, there are more or less than seven mystery plants – like the seven mysteries/wonders of the world –  growing in my garden.  LOL)

Last summer, The Sushiman came home with two little plants from the local Farmers’ Market to add to our front yard’s flower border.   One was a variegated liriope grass and the other remained a mystery until now.  After surviving last winter’s freak snow storm and most of this summer heatwave, this mysterious plant has finally bloomed and it’s a shrimp.   I mean a shrimp plant, Justicia Brandegeana.   I’ve admired this shrimp plant at nurseries but have never realized that it was the same plant growing mysteriously in my front yard’s flower border.   Well, what a nice surprise for us, especially for the Labor Day weekend.  So, now I can enjoy our spicy – boiled Louisiana shrimps while admiring my delicate shrimp plant, too.

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September 10, 2009 - Posted by | Flowers

4 Comments »

  1. I have the liriope and enjoy it. Your shrimp plant looks like fun.

    Comment by Mary Delle | September 10, 2009 | Reply

    • The liriope is a great plant for the deep south. I really like the variegated liriope which adds a different dimension to the color scheme.

      Comment by ryublade | September 15, 2009 | Reply

  2. It has always surprised me how a shrimp plant, which looks so tender, can survive winter freezes. It certainly is an appropriate plant for Louisiana.

    Jan
    Always Growing

    Comment by Jan | September 13, 2009 | Reply

    • Jan, the shrimp plant has been a great conversational plant for me. Those little shrimp tails are a big hit with those from Louisiana, don’t you think?

      Comment by ryublade | September 15, 2009 | Reply


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