Justicia californica is commonly known as Chuparosa or Hummingbird Bush and is native to the deserts of southern California, Arizona, and northern Mexico.
This is a bush which grows in dry, hot regions in the sand or rocky terrain of the desert floor. It takes full sun and reflected heat.
For a short time it bears succulent leaves, and most often drops them. It may lose its leaves and then produce plentiful tubular flowers, usually in shades of bright to deep red. Each long flower has a wide lower lip that falls open to reveal the inside of the blossom. Hummingbirds visit the bush to feed on the nectar. Other birds tear off the petals and eat the sugar-rich flower centers.
Large Five Gallon LOCAL PICK UP ONLY! SOLD OUT
Hardy to 20º F USDA Zone 9
Tortoise Friendly Flowers
Safe Enclosure/Habitat Shrub
By Ciar [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons