Justicia californica     
Chuparosa   
Acanthaceae Family     

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Chuparosa
Justicia californica in typical leafless form
Form: twiggy shrub, usually leafless
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: to 6ft, spread to 12ft
Leaves: often none; usually present only in warm season when actively growing; simple, round to ovate, 1/4in long
Flowers: on terminal portion of branches, long tubular red blooms from early May through fall
Fruit: not significant
Stems/Trunks: green stems, with thick succulent appearance, twiggy, arching form; low older stems may get woody
Range/Origin: Sonoran deserts; elevations to 2500ft
Hardiness: damaged in high 20s, freezes to ground in teens but will recover

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NOTES:

found naturally in rocky areas or sandy washes
yellow flowering varieties also available


chuparosa Justicia californica in leaf
close-up of flower (left) flower on branch terminal
and leaf detail (right)
close-up of leaf


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