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PlantFiles: Sonoran Water Willow
Justicia sonorae

Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Justicia (jus-TEE-see-ah) (Info)
Species: sonorae

4 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

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Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade

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1 positive
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LazyGardens On Feb 4, 2014, LazyGardens from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

I planted it in part-sun and it died back ... it popped up the next year on the north side of the closest wall and it's been spreading along that wall, and popping up in the shade of other plants in a mostly unwatered shrub border since them.

Appears to seek the moist spots, perhaps by underground spreading? Maybe it's self-seeding? The neighbor's overwatered lawn on the other side of the wall is enough, and it shows up close to any shaded drip emitter.

You could spread it by digging up small clumps and transplanting it.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

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