Botanical Name: Fouquieria splendens
Common Name: Ocotillo
Type of Plant: Dicot: shrub
Character Deciduous

Habit of Growth:
Overall Shape Stiff and upright, with long spiny branches radiating from a central base to form a tall striking vase shaped shrub. Generally leafless except after rains
Height 10-15' (20')
Spread to 15'
Growth Rate Moderate
Exposure Full sun
Soil Well-draining, found on rocky slopes in native habitat
Hardiness Zones 10-13, 18-20
Leaves Small sessile green leaves along axillariy meristems of stems
Flowers Two 1' long terminal flower spikes per each stem bearing many red flowers
Fruit Insignificant
Large stem sections, seed
Specimen or focal point; striking accent in desert landscapes, silhouette & sculptural quality and brilliant flower show after rains. This plant is used as a 'living fence', a formidable barrier plant
Landscape Care:
Watering Appreciates some supplemental water but will withstand much drought
Fertilizing None
Pruning Remove branches to the ground to control spread or when dead
Pests/Diseases Root rot if drainage is poor
Special Conditions/Other
Origin: Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts from southeastern California to southwest Texas to northern Mexico
Family: Fouquieriaceae
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