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Chuparosa

Chuparosa - spanish for 'sucking rose' - is widespread throughout the Sonoran Desert, thriving in wash banks and bajadas. It's a large, rounded shrub up to 2 m tall with smooth green stems and red, 2-lipped, long-tubular flowers with 2 stamens. Flowering peaks in spring and again after summer rains but flowers may be found sporadically throughout the year. Rocky slopes and along desert washes, mostly below 2500 feet. Its rich nectar is an important food source for Sonoran and lower Mojave desert birds.