Fouquieria splendens. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire. Fouquieria splendens. Plant Database Search. Ocotillo. This upright thorny shrub occurs from southern California east to west Texas and ranges south into. Fouquieria splendens Engelm. Go To Encyclopedia of Life Family: Fouquieriaceae Fouquieria splendens image. Max Licher. VPAP; Field Guide; Web Links.

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Care Situate ocotillo in full sun and well-drained soil, preferably in an arid region.

The Plant Guide

Leaves are shed whenever the conditions become arid. Stems used for fences and houses.

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. Petals are fused together into a cylindrical tube mm long with five spreading or reflexed lobes and 10 or 20 stamens extending beyond the corolla. For much of the year, the plant appears to be an arrangement of large spiny dead sticks, although closer examination reveals that the stems are partly green.

The stamens are attached at the base of the corolla and there is just one pistil with a superior ovary.


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Summer Water Calscape Planting Guide. The first type of leaves is long spoon-shaped, up to 5 cm long, is produced only during the wet season. Subsequent leaves sprout from the base of splendems spine. Form Upright, Fountain, Upright Columnar. Ocotillo near Gila Bend, Arizona. Orange, in dense panicles, cm long, at fuoquieria tips, with conspicuous leafy bracts that fall off when flowers are mature; corolla tubular, about 2 cm long, bright red-orange, with 5 reflexed lobes at the top.

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Great as a surprising specimen or forbidding hedge. You must be a registered user to access this feature. They are orange-red to red rarely pinkish, fouquieriq white or white in var. Depending on the rains a plant may gain and lose its leaves six or more times a year.

Fouquieria splendens, Ocotillo

Fouquieria splendens is an odd, slender, fuoquieria, spiny shrub or small tree 2,5 to 6 m high with little branched or unbranched stems and differentiated short and long shoots.

Sometime it makes thin pygmy forest in the arid landscape. See all synonyms of Fouquieria splendens.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Fouquieria splendens. New leaves may be formed at any season in response to rain.


Seeds were parched and ground into flour for mush or cakes. Transplanted plants require irrigation to become established, but once established, they can survive on 8 inches of rainfall per year. Tap map to see plants native to location. Hottest Month Hottest Month Average Temperature This field shows the range of average temperatures for the hottest month of the locations in which this plant species is found.

Flowers are splendsns indeterminately at the tips of each mature stem. Common uses Deer Resistant.

Supply minimal supplemental water. Fouquieria splendens Photo by: The plant branches very heavily at its base, but above that the branches are pole-like and only infrequently divide further, and specimens in cultivation may not exhibit any secondary branches. Newsletter Get the latest how-to and design inspiration articles plus special offers sent straight to your inbox.

Site Type Fouquierria to the Colorado Desert and slightly extending into the Mojave Desertit is found in very arid slopes, canyons, washes and alluvial fans in fast draining sandy, gravelly soil, often among boulders but also in pure sand.