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Cooley’s Water Willow, Justicia pringlei

Cooley’s Water Willow, Justicia pringlei


Justicia pringlei, a stunning perennial known for its striking foliage and vibrant flowers, native to the diverse ecosystems of North Florida.

General Plant Information:

•Botanical Name: Justicia pringlei

•Common Name: Pringle’s Plume

•Native Range: Endemic to Florida and other southeastern states, Pringle’s Plume thrives in a variety of habitats, including wetlands, marshes, and along riverbanks.

•Habitat: Preferring moist to wet soils, Justicia pringlei can be found in both sunny and partially shaded locations, adding a touch of elegance to riparian areas and garden landscapes alike.

•Size: This perennial herb typically grows up to 3 to 4 feet tall, with lance-shaped leaves arranged along upright stems, topped by showy spikes of tubular flowers in shades of pink, purple, or white.

•Flowering Season: Blooming from spring through fall, Pringle’s Plume attracts pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds with its abundant nectar-rich flowers, enlivening the garden with color and activity.


•Sunlight: Thriving in full sun to partial shade, Justicia pringlei adapts well to a range of light conditions, making it suitable for various garden settings, from sunny borders to partially shaded woodland edges.

•Watering: Preferring consistently moist soils, regular watering during dry spells ensures optimal growth and flowering, especially during the establishment period.

•Pruning: Light pruning after the flowering season helps maintain a tidy appearance and promotes vigorous growth for the following year, enhancing the ornamental value of this versatile species.

Benefits to Wildlife:

•Pollinator Magnet: The nectar-rich flowers of Justicia pringlei attract a variety of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, contributing to the ecological richness of the garden and supporting local biodiversity.

•Shelter and Forage: The dense foliage provides cover and nesting sites for small wildlife, while the seeds serve as a food source for birds and small mammals, enhancing habitat diversity and ecological resilience.

•Water Quality Improvement: As a wetland plant, Pringle’s Plume plays a role in filtering and purifying water, helping to improve water quality and maintain the health of aquatic ecosystems in North Florida’s natural habitats.

Incorporating Justicia pringlei into your landscape not only adds visual interest and color but also promotes wildlife habitat conservation and ecosystem health in Florida’s dynamic environment.

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