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Golden Shrimp Plant (Lollypop Plant, Yellow Shrimp Plant, Golden Candles)

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  • Common Name: Golden Shrimp Plant (Lollypop Plant, Yellow Shrimp Plant, Golden Candles)
  • Latin Name: Pachystachys lutea
  • Family Name: Acanthaceae
Although Golden Shrimp Plant is a pot plant in the UK it does grow as a large shrub in its natural habitat and it takes its name from the fact that the form and colour of the bracts resemble a shrimp. 

Although there are no known hazards directly related to the Golden Shrimp Plant, it does come from a family where some of the plants are toxic and in the absence of information as to whether this is a safe food, we would advise you to err on the side of caution and not feed this plant to your tortoise. 

The actual colour of the flower is white, but the colourful bracts that surround the flower make it appear to be a vibrant yellow colour. Do not confuse with Shrimp Plant or with Honeywort which is called Blue Shrimp Plant and is toxic.
 

 
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