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The native Chuparosa is a medium to large mounding shrub with a dense branching habit, often growing 4-6 ft. tall, 6-8 ft. wide. Tiny 1/2 in. long leaves drop during periods of moisture stress. Rich orange to red flowers are produce in abundance in early spring, much to the delight of hummingbirds.

Chuparosa is native across low desert regions of California, Arizona and Mexico where it grows in sandy soils along seasonal washes. It is a colorful desert native that provides good wildlife and ornamental value, needing little care and low amounts of summer water. It is a bright flowering accent shrub that fits the southwestern style palette with palo verde trees in the Inland Empire.

Water Needs

Chuparosa is well adapted to sunny garden locations on well drained soils and with low amounts of supplemental water during summer. The chart shown below provides a recommended baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several months indicated by an asterisk (*) when winter rains can provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates it can grow with varying amounts of water; more moisture during spring helps achieve a more robust and longer flowering cycle.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Low Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 2

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
Inches per Month 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2"

Range of supplemental summer water: 7"-14"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-10"

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
For more information on how to use this Irrigation Schedule and Graph, follow this link.

For information how to calculate your irrigation system’s schedule and precipitation rate, please follow this link.

Plant Properties

Plant Type: Shrub, Native
Foliage Character: Drought deciduous
Habit: Sprawling, Mounding, Dense
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height: 4 ft. - 6 ft.
Width: 6 ft. - 8 ft.
Water Needs: Low 2
Foliage Color: Pale green
Flower Color: Red
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Sand
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Drought, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Slopes, Parks and open space, Hummingbird plant, Flowering accent plant, Background plant


May be damaged by winter frosts. Depending on appearance and the amount of damage, in general, if you can tolerate it, it is best to wait until all chance of additional seasonal frosts have passed to remove damaged parts of branches, because they can help protect from additional frost damage (S). If desired, may be pruned in late winter / very early spring after frost danger has passed (9).



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