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Justicia californica ~ Chuparosa (syn Beloperone californica)

Justicia californica can often still be found labeled as Beloperone californica. The common name is Chuparosa which means hummingbird in Spanish. The long slender orange-red flowers are great for attracting hummingbirds. Chuparosa plants will be in flower after rains from February through the early Fall in an irrigated garden. Justicia californica is native to warmer sections of the low desert in California, Arizona and Northern Mexico. The Chuparosa flowers are edible. The flowers can be eaten raw or cooked. Justicia californica plants will grow to 4 feet tall and can spread 8 feet or more. Chuparosa can be found in the wild in washes and disturbed areas. The soft grey triangular leaves will vary in size from 1/2 an inch to virtually nothing, depending upon how much rain has fallen recently. Justicia californica is a nice addition to the Desert Butterfly Garden and attracts a number of Sulfurs, including the Cloudless Sulfur. There is a golden yellow flowered cultivar Justicia californica Tecate Gold

Justicia californica, Chuperosa

Flowers and foliage of Justicia californica the Chuparosa. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Justicia californica, Chuperosa

Super Bloom in Anza Borrego and the Chuparosa went wild

Other plants from the Justicia Genus featured on this site:
Justicia aurea
Justicia californica Tecate Gold
Justicia carnea
Justicia Fruit Salad
Justicia Jambalaya
Justicia leonardii
Justicia rizzinii