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Justicia californica

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1 gallon

Plant Care

Native region:

Local Native

Water needs:



Mature size:

Growth rate:

Full Sun; Reflected Heat


Moderate - Fast

Flower color:

Flower season:




To control growth and shape




Nectar pollinators:


Nighttime pollinators:


Rabbit resistant:


This sprawling, open shrub is native to the washes and rocky slopes of the Sonoran Desert It is usually leafless, with succulent green stems to 4 feet in height. Small, showy tubular red flowers occur from spring to fall, and are irresistible to hummingbirds. Blooms are more prominent after rains. Plant in full sun and well–drained soil.

Growing Plants in the Desert — Important Information

The information presented here is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate and based on my research from reliable sources, observations I have made of plants growing in my, and other gardens I have visited, and observations of the plants in their native habitats. I would appreciate your feedback and experience to help me educate others! 


Cacti: In my experience, cacti are much happier in the filtered shade here in the low desert of the Coachella Valley. Colors are more vibrant and they bloom more profusely, especially the non-native varieties. If you pay attention to how our native barrel and beavertail opuntia grow in the wild, it is frequently tucked in the rocks under creosote or another shrub.


Light Requirements: I have found that in our desert (Sonoran/Colorado) “full sun” plants can take and appreciate the late afternoon filtered sun, especially in the hot summer months.

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