Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens)

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Plant Height: Up to 20-30 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth


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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on May 6, 2016 7:29 PM

This strange-looking native of the SW US and northern Mexico (the dominant large plant in certain desert areas) can grow to the size of a house. The whip-like branches originate from a common stem and bear terminal flowers. Large plants can look spectacular in bloom.

The leaves are deciduous, mostly depending on water availability. Stems are well armed with spines that originate from the base of the first leaves to appear on new growth. The leaves which appear during subsequent growth cycles sprout from the base of these spines. Young seedlings enjoy lots of exposure and more frequent water when they are in leaf.

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