Desert Justicia

Justicia candicans

Also known as Red Justicia, Red Jacobinia and Arizona Waterwillow is a small shrub with upright spreading stems and medium-sized green oval leaves. Both stems and leaves are covered with felty hairs.

Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Status: Native
Origin: Arizona into Northern Mexico
Family: Acanthaceae
Size: 3′ tall and wide
Sun: Full to part sun
Watering: Low to moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate
Soil: Tolerant
Temperature: Hardy to 20 F
Pruning: If the growth form tends toward legginess, pruning floppy stems – this will encourage them to branch out.
Disease and Pests:
Uses: Butterfly larval food plant for the tiny checkerspot (Dymasia dymas), Texas crescent (Anthanassa texana), and the pearl crescent (Phyciodes tharos). Attracts hummingbirds.
Notes: Plants can have yellow flowers (rare)


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