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Fouquieria splendens (Ocotillo)

Fouquieria splendens

This upright thorny succulent occurs from southern California east to Texas and ranges south into northern Mexico. Long, spiny branches often referred to as "canes" radiate from a central base in a vase shape. Mature plants usually grow to 10 - 15 feet tall by 10 feet wide. Small bright green leaves line the branches after rains, or with regular irrigation. Vivid red tubular flowers appear at the branch tips primarily in spring, but may also occur after summer rains. Hummingbirds love the blossoms! Plant in full sun and well drained soils. Until recently only bare root plants harvested from the wild were available. These salvaged plants have about a 50% survival rate. Reliable nursery grown seedlings are now widely available in the trade.

Plant Type Native, Cactus / Succulent, Shrub
Exposure Full Sun
Water Needs Low
Hardiness Zone Zone 7 (0° F)
Flower Color Red
Flower Season Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Growth Rate Slow
Height 8' - 20' (ft)
Spread 5' - 10' (ft)
Spacing 96" - 120" (in)
Characteristics Showy
Attracts Bees, Hummingbirds
Maintenance Low
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil PH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Image by: MSWN
Image by: MSWN

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