Sonoran Water-willow

Justicia sonorae

Arizona Water-willow, also known as Purple Justicia, is an excellent choice for gardens near water features, rain gardens, or in areas where the soil tends to retain moisture. Its attractive foliage and delicate flowers add visual interest, and its adaptability to a variety of soil types makes it a valuable addition to gardens in the arid Southwest.

Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Status: Near native
Origin: Canyons of central Sonora Mexico
Family: Acanthaceae
Size: 2′ tall and wide
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Watering: Moderate
Growth Rate: Fast
Soil: Tolerant
Temperature: Frost sensitive
Disease and Pests:
Uses: Butterfly larval food plant for the tiny checkerspot (Dymasia dymas), Texas crescent (Anthanassa texana), and the pearl crescent (Phyciodes tharos). Also attracts Sphinx moths and Hummingbirds
Notes: Blooms can occur any time of year but most frequently following warm weather rains.

Photo by Spadefoot Nursery


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