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Yeatesia platystegia (Montell bractspike)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Yeatesia platystegia

Yeatesia platystegia (Torr.) Hilsenb.

Montell Bractspike, Wild Shrimp Plant

Acanthaceae (Acanthus Family)

Synonym(s): Tetramerium platystegium


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Flowers are pale lavender fading to near white.


Native Habitat: This native is unique to Texas and is found on the Rio Grande Plains and the Edwards Plateau.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Conditions Comments: Flowers have conspicuous bracts and open over a long period like most members of this family, and stems branch freely. More of a south Texas plant that winters over here in a warmer microclimate in the garden or through milder winters.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes

Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Yeatesia platystegia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Yeatesia platystegia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Yeatesia platystegia


Record Modified: 2023-03-02
Research By: LAL

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