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Red Justicia, Arizona Water-Willow

Justicia candicans

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low-moderate
Sun Partial shade
Pollinators Hummingbirds, butterflies
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
2-4' × 2-4'
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season March-June
Flower Color Red
Minimum Temperature Range 20 °F
Leaf Description Bright green, opposite
Fruit Capsules which split when ripe
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Ethnobotany The flowers were sucked for their nectar.
Description Known from just a handful of canyons in Arizona, this is an excellent low shrub for partial shade. Red tubular flowers cover the plant and are highly attractive to hummingbirds. This is a lightly frost sensitive species that will want to be planted in warm locations. Consider blending with other subtropical plants like kidneywood (Eysenhardtia orthocarpa), doll's head (Lagascea decipiens), and Arizona yellow bells (Tecoma stans).