|Justicia californica. CALIFORNIA
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.