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Ocotillo (Fouquieria)
Ocotillo (Fouquieria)

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Zones 10-13, 18-20
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Moderate, Minimal

Fouquieria

Fouquieriaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs

Desert natives with grooved, spiny branches. Drop leaves during hot, dry periods, then resprout and bloom quickly after rains, bearing tubular flowers to 1 in. long. They can survive on rainfall but grow and bloom best if soaked deeply once a month. Need excellent drainage, intense summer heat. Easily propagated from softwood cuttings in warm weather; cut branches stuck in ground will root and grow.

Fouquieria splendens
Fouquieria splendens

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Fouquieria splendens

Native to Colorado and Sonoran deserts east to Texas and south into Mexico. Forms a 5 to 10-ft.-wide clump of stiff, whip-thin, gray stems 8 to 25 ft. high, heavily furrowed and covered with stout thorns. Fleshy, roundish, 1/2 to 1-in.-long leaves. Attractive foot-long clusters of flowers; color ranges from bright to deep red orange (occasionally yellow).

Use as screen, impenetrable hedge, living fence for animal enclosures; or grow for silhouette against bare walls.

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