Plant type: Shrub
Plant origin: N/A, California, Floristic Provence of Baja
Creosote Bush Scrub, Desert, Inland Sage Scrub
Sandy Loam, Rocky
Important to Native People
Known commonly as Chuparosa or Hummingbird Bush, or by its scientific synonym Beloperone californica, this plant is certainly well loved by the hummingbirds! A deciduous bush that does well in desert conditions, it would be a great addition to any desert or dry coastal garden. Chuparosa blazes with color in spring and summer, covered with enticing red tubular flowers. This mounding shrub has small, oval gray-green leaves and needs well-draining, rocky soil. The overall height and width of the bush reaches between 4 and 6 feet. Watering needs range from very low to drought tolerant. “Chuparosa” is Spanish for “hummingbird”, and the sweet, nectar filled flowers are a magnet to many kinds of wildlife, including butterflies, hummingbirds, and other small birds.
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