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Ocotillo

Fouquieria splendens

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This southwestern native shrub grows to 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide and sports long, dull, spiny stems that green up and leaf out after a rain, followed by long, scarlet flowers that attract hummingbirds.When dry conditions return, ocotillo drops its leaves again. This cycle can replay several times a season. Great as a surprising specimen or forbidding hedge.

CareSituate ocotillo in full sun and well-drained soil, preferably in an arid region. Ocotillo prefers lean, neutral to alkaline soil. Supply minimal supplemental water.

Propagation Grow new plants from seeds or cuttings.

Problems Aphids, spider mites, stem borers, or powdery mildew may be a problem.

  • Genus : Fouquieria
  • Zones : 10, 11, 8, 9
  • Plant Width : 10 to 15 feet
  • Plant Height : 15 to 30 feet
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds, Showy Foliage
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : North American Natives
  • Flower Color : Red
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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