Justicia californica Red

Photo  by Michael J. Plagens
Justicia californica Justicia californica

Justicia californica Yellow

Common Name Chuparosa, Beloperone, Hummingbird Bush
Latin Name Justicia californicas /
Family / Origin Acanthaceae /
Sunset zones / USDA zones 10-13 / 8b - 10
Type / Form Bush / Medium
Native Habitat Washes of Mojave and Sonoran Deserts 1,000 to 3,000 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Exposure Full sun to light shade
Water Once or twice per month
Height X Width Maximum 6 feet X 12 feet, usual 4 feet X 8 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Felty gray, covered with soft hairs
Flowers Long tubular red or yellow (rare) flowers from May through fall, deciduous, cold marginal
Bark / Roots  
Maintenance Little
Propagation Early summer cuttings, seeds [?]
Pests and Diseases None
Landscape Uses Erosion control, ground cover, rock garden, low maintenance, foliage accent, background, parkways, specimen
Garden Suitability Thornless, Hummingbird, Butterfly
Nature Value Butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds use flowers
Native American Uses Flower sucked for the nectar
    Images and data http://www.wildscaping.com/plants/plantprofiles/Justicia_californica.htm
    Images and data http://cals.arizona.edu/pima/gardening/aridplants/Justicia_californica.html
    Images and data http://www.livingdesert.org/plants/chuparosa.asp
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justicia_californica
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Acanthaceae/Justicia_californica.html
    Images and data http://ag.arizona.edu/pima/gardening/aridplants/Justicia_californica.html
    Images and data http://www.wildscaping.com/plants/plantprofiles/Justicia_californica.htm
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/64357/
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justicia_californica
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=JUCA8
    Images and data http://www.theodorepayne.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Justicia_californica&redirect=no
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=4509
    Images and data http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/1334/justicia-californica-beloperone/
    Images and data http://www.californiagardens.com/Plant_Pages/beloperone_californica.htm
    Distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/nameSearch?mode=Scientific+Name&keywordquery=Beloperone+californica
   Nursery, images, and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/120.htm
   Nursery, images, and data http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Justicia+californica