This large spiky shrub is common in the Sonoran desert of Baja California, Mexico. Long, spiny branches often referred to as "canes" arise from a short thick trunk. Mature plants average about 8-12 feet in height, with a 8 foot spread. The small green leaves that line the branches are drought-deciduous, but will remain on the plant with supplemental irrigation. Bright red tubular flowers borne in clusters decorate the cane tips in the spring, attracting hummingbirds. Plant in well drained soils.