The petals almost look like the tissue-thin blooms on a bougainvillea, but I've never seen them in a heartshape like this (or with the white tip around the stamen?). Very pretty, though!
Whatever it is, it's lovely. Red plants are wonderful things.
Hum... It looks like a flower. Or maybe an elephant. Or maybe a new Rorschäch (or something like that...) Test! But it´s beautiful!
Yes, it definitely caught my eye as we were wandering around Yanaka last weekend. LOL, Lone Wolf! Rorschach test! I wonder what Freud would have to say?!
I know what it is!It's called a shrimp plant, Justicia brandegeana. It's happy in zones 12 and higher (likes warm weather), it's a native of Mexico, so says my Western Garden Book.I have one growing by the side of my house where it's shaded most of the day either by my house or by the neighbor's house. I never, ever water it, and it grows and blooms quite happily. BTW, very nice picture. :-)
Thank you so much Laura. You've solved the mystery! :)
Yay! I'm glad to learn something new. And it does look a bit like a shrimp, so the name is quite fitting. Wrong zone for me, however. Oh, well.
Still looking like an elephant. :)
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