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Plant Type: shrub
Plant Height: 3-4 feet
Spread: 4-5 feet
Flower Color: bright orange
Sun Exposure: Partial Shade


Chuparosa, specifically the orange variety Justicia californica, is a vibrant, evergreen shrub native to the deserts of the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico. Renowned for its bright orange tubular flowers, Chuparosa is a key nectar source for hummingbirds, hence its common name, which translates to "hummingbird" in Spanish. This drought-tolerant plant is highly valued in water-wise gardens for its striking floral display and ability to thrive in arid conditions.

Growing to about 3 to 4 feet tall and spreading 4 to 5 feet wide, Chuparosa forms a loose, open shrub with slender green stems and small, sparse leaves. The leaves may drop during drought or cold, allowing the plant to focus energy on flowering. The bright orange flowers, which bloom from late winter through spring, are the main attraction, providing vibrant color and attracting wildlife to the garden.

Adapted to full sun, Justicia californica thrives in well-draining soil and is exceptionally drought-tolerant once established, making it an excellent choice for xeriscaping and desert landscaping. It can tolerate poor soil conditions and requires minimal supplemental watering, making it a low-maintenance option for gardeners seeking resilient and attractive plants.

In landscaping, Chuparosa is often used in naturalized areas, rock gardens, or as part of a wildlife garden where its ability to attract hummingbirds and other pollinators can be fully appreciated. Its compact size and striking flowers make it suitable for use as an accent plant or in mass plantings for a dramatic effect.

Overall, Chuparosa (Justicia californica) is a low-maintenance and visually appealing shrub, ideal for adding color, texture, and wildlife value to dry, sunny areas. Its drought tolerance, ease of care, and vibrant blooms make it a favored choice for creating sustainable and dynamic garden landscapes.

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