Justicia californica
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Justicia californica


  family acanthaceae 
  genus justicia 

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Genus  Justicia Species  californica Variety  Cultivar  Common names  beloperone   chuperosa   chuparosa Family  ACANTHACEAE Specimen number  S10209 Data source  BtrflyCa p59;HumGrdn p74
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Depends on climate Stature  Shrub Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  3' Overall spread  4' - 6'
Sunshine  Full sun Water  Dry Optimal soil texture  Gravelly Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 08a-10b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Justicia californica is a host plant for the tiny checkerspot butterfly. Chuperosa (also known as beloperone) has flowers that hummingbirds love to feed on. Justicia californica is known as chuparosa in Spanish. This plant can survive cold winter nights that go as low as 10� Fahrenheit. The best soil for this species has a texture that is gravelly. Full sun is best for growing this plant. It prefers dry soils. This species is drought tolerant.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  yes Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Dymasia dymas (tiny checkerspot butterfly) Attracts butterflies  yes Attracts hummingbirds  yes Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Justicia californica most likely originates from Southern Arizona, California and Mexico.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Justicia californica is a perennial. March and February are the usual months for blossoms. Most often the flowers occur in either red or yellow.

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