Botanical Name: Justicia californica
Common Name: Chuparosa, Calif. Beloperone  
Plant photo of: Justicia californica
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California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Summer, Intermittent


Leaf Color

Grey Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Ranch, Wild Garden


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Background, Parking Strip, Parking Lot, Raised Planter, With Rocks


Special Uses

Mass Planting, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Hummingbirds

Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

Sprawling shrub to 6' tall and wide. Moderate growth. Native on gravely washes and rocky slopes in lower areas of Sonoran Desert under 2500'. Usually leafless. Succulent green stems, small red tubular flowers. Full sun. Quite drought resistant but faster with some supplemental water.. Needs well drained site. Flowers Feb-May and Fall. Can be cold or drought deciduous. Hummers love it.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.