Ocotillo

 

Fouquieria splendens

 

Fouquieriaceae

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Bloom against Palo Verde back-round

 

Form: Shrub
Seasonality: Deciduous perrenial
Size: 25ft, spread to 15ft
Leaves: Simple, round, 1 inch, bright green; plant is generally leafless for most of the year

Flowers: Spiky clumps of tubular orange or red flowers on branch ends, clusters can be up to 1ft long; showy

Fruit: Seed
Stems/Trunks: Long, slender, gray-green stems rise from a common base; stems covered with 1inch, open, vase shaped clump
Range/Origin: SW US, Baja California, Sonora Mexico
Hardiness: Sunset Zones; 10-13, 18-20, 10F

Comments: Low litter, Sharp thorns

 

CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Exposure: Full sun, reflected heat
  • Water: Low
  • Soil: Sandy, well drained
  • Propagation: Seed, cuttings
  • Maintenance: Minimal; (pruning can prevent blooming)

 

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