The bright red flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. In fact, its peak bloom time coincides with the spring hummingbird migration. It will continue to flower for much of the year. Make sure to plant it where you’ll be able to enjoy watching the birds and butterflies. It may die back in winter but will quickly regrow as the temperatures rise.
Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
Linnets and sparrows eat the nectar-filled flowers
Larval food plant for Texan Crescentspot butterfly
Long blooming in the landscape
Easy to grow and low maintenance
Drought tolerant once established
Sonoran deserts; elevations to 2500ft.
Hummingbirds are able to fly great distances and tend to migrate earlier and further than geese. Most hummingbirds spend their winters in Mexico or Central America, while most geese only fly a few hundred miles to open water for the winter.
Water chuparosa once a week the first few months, then twice a month the first summer. Water less in the winter. With too much water, the plants become large and floppy and more vulnerable to frost. Chuparosa generally do not require pruning. If the plant is severely frost-damaged, cut back hard in March.