John Steven McGroarty
Rancho Chupa Rosa

Chupa Rosa
Justicia californica. CALIFORNIA BELOPERONE.
Deciduous. Native to edges of Colorado Desert to Arizona and northern Mexico. A low, gray-green shrub 2-5 ft. high, spreading to 4 ft. Arching branches appear almost leafless. Small, roundish, 1/4-inch leaves. Bright red, tubular flowers, 1-1/2 inch long in clusters, give good show of color in April-May. Full sun. Often freezes to ground in winter but comes back quickly in spring. Needs no dry-season water. — Sunset Western Garden Book (1995), p 342.