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Fouquieria splendens/Ocotillo

Fouquieria splendens / Fouquieria splendens
Tall, flowering ascending canes
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Tall, flowering ascending canes

Plant in bloom in a dry, western landscape

Close-up image of tubular flowers

Stems have many thorns

Closer view of thorns on stem

Stem with thorns and small leaves

Close-up of stem with leaves and thorns

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Scientific Name: Fouquieria splendens
Common Name: Ocotillo
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Orange
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Xeriscapes
Comments: This is a native shrub of the southwest. It produces tall ascending canes that are topped with tight clusters of bright orange, tubular flowers that attract hummingbirds and orioles. Stems are armed with thorns. It requires dry, sunny sites and is well suited for rock gardens and xeriscape developments where there is little water, This shrub is a striking specimen plant in dry landscapes, especially when in bloom. The plant itself can be quite handsome even without flowers because of the ascending stems arising from a tight crown.