Justicia californica

Chuparosa

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Plant type: Shrub

Plant origin: N/A, California, Floristic Provence of Baja

 

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Flower Color Red
Blooming Season Spring, Summer
Height 3-5 feet
Spread 1-5 feet
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Creosote Bush Scrub, Desert, Inland Sage Scrub

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Sandy Loam, Rocky

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Known commonly as Chuparosa or Hummingbird Bush, or by its scientific synonym Beloperone californica, this plant is certainly well loved by the hummingbirds! A deciduous bush that does well in desert conditions, it would be a great addition to any desert or dry coastal garden. Chuparosa blazes with color in spring and summer, covered with enticing red tubular flowers. This mounding shrub has small, oval gray-green leaves and needs well-draining, rocky soil. The overall height and width of the bush reaches between 4 and 6 feet. Watering needs range from very low to drought tolerant. “Chuparosa” is Spanish for “hummingbird”, and the sweet, nectar filled flowers are a magnet to many kinds of wildlife, including butterflies, hummingbirds, and other small birds.

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