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Fouquieria splendens (Ocotillo)

Fouquieria splendens Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name:Fouquieria splendens fo-kwee-AIR-ee-ah SPLEN-denz Common Name: Ocotillo Genus: Fouquieria
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.
Care: Situate 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.


Height 15 ft. to 30 ft.
Spread 10 ft. to 15 ft.
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Dry;Dry to Medium
Tolerance Drought Tolerant
Characteristics Attracts Hummingbirds; Native; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Fall; Spring; Summer
Flower Color Red Flower
Uses Texture, Hedge, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point, Desert Garden, Xeric Bed, Summer Interest
Type Shrubs,Natives

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