The heat is on with Pachystachys lutea, a subtropical evergreen shrub commonly known as lollipop plant, golden shrimp plant and candle flower. The rocket-shaped spires of yellow bracts produce fleeting white flowers that “emerge sequentially” during the warmer months. The plant is rated Zone 10, meaning it can’t take temperatures below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Growing up to 4 feet in height, the plant can be raised as a houseplant in colder climates, benefiting from a good pruning to keep it blooming. This plant, which is popular as a landscape plant in tropical and suptropical regions, was photographed in Bali, but it is a native of Peru.
Photographed in Bali by Merilyn Wigley