In a protected site in the garden or on the patio this shrub will bloom off and on almost all year long. They may die back for a short time in winter but will regrow quite quickly. Plant in groups where you will be able to watch the hummingbirds and butterflies that will flock to the bright red blooms.
Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
Long blooming in the landscape
In full bloom for the spring hummingbird migration
Easy to grow and low maintenance
Perfect form for a low border planting
Drought tolerant once established
Native to canyons and washes at 1500-3500 feet in southern Arizona and northern Mexico.
Hummingbirds take advantage of differences in elevations during their migrations. In spring their route takes them over lower, warmer elevations. In the autumn they follow high mountain corridors. Even later fall migrations follow river valleys.
Plant in well-drained desert soil amended with some compost to help hold water and provide nutrients. Choose a location that gets bright filtered light, or morning sun with afternoon shade. Avoid locations out in the open where frost can damage the plant. Dig the hole about the depth of the root ball and three times as wide. Once planted, place some rocks close beside the plant to help hold water and to prevent the new plant from being stepped on. Water immediately after planting.