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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See all synonyms of Fouquieria splendens. 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. Stems used for fences and houses. North American Natives Flower Color: Fall, Spring, Summer Light: Care Situate ocotillo in full sun and well-drained soil, preferably in an arid region.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Plants that prefer soils with above average moisture in their natural range, such as slope bottoms, canyon or ravine bottoms, north facing slopes or shaded soils with above average moisture retention. Retrieved from ” https: They can also be dipped in batter and fried.

Seedling grow fast but need a deep pot to accommodate the the stout taproot. Subsequent leaves sprout from the base of the spine. Please log in or create a free account. Plant occurences shown as blue squares. The plant branches very heavily at its base, but above that, the branches are pole-like and rarely divide further, and specimens in cultivation may not exhibit any secondary branches.

Individual flowers are mildly zygomorphic and are pollinated by hummingbirds and native carpenter bees. The first leaves on new growth produce a petiole leaf stalk which hardens into a sharp spine after the leaf drops off.


Related Plants ‘Rogers’ bottlebrush buckeye Aesculus parviflora var. For the census-designated place, see Ocotillo, California. Multiple, usually 6 to 30 occasionally up toupright or arching, thorny green in clusters from a common root-crown; Individual stems are simple pole-like and only infrequently divide further, and specimens in cultivation may not exhibit any secondary branches. If their direction is not marked, success is again limited. About Ocotillo Fouquieria splendens Ocotillo is a curious-looking and unique desert plant of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.

It is the most widely distributed species of the genus.

Ocotillo, Fouquieria splendens

Capsule mm long, 3-valved; containing flat, papery-winged seeds. When dry conditions return, ocotillo drops its leaves again. Views Read Edit View history. It occours to a large extent, if not exclusively, in soils which are abundant of limestone, well aerated and possibly also relatively warm. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotosWikimedia Commonsand independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape.

Stems are moderately succulent, intermediate between desert shrubs and true succulents. How to Prune Hydrangeas. The stamens are attached at the base of the corolla and there is just one pistil with a superior ovary.

Dry, rocky hills, on slopes, splenxens and washes. Fouquieria splendens is an odd, slender, cactuslike, spiny shrub or small tree 2,5 to 6 m high with spleendens branched or unbranched stems and differentiated short and long shoots. Fouquieria splendens Photo by: Watch for the plants greening up quickly after rains. Transplanted plants require irrigation to become established, but once established, they can survive on 8 inches of rainfall per year.

Tube mm white. Tall, many-stemmed shrublike plant, m tall; stems unbranched and cane-like, erect to ascending, covered with thorns; bark gray with darker furrows. For propagating by seed: Plants that prefer soils that are moist year round. Individual flowers are mildly zygomorphic and self-compatible.


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It can be propagated splendenss cuttings, but results are variable. This data was interpolated to estimate average annual precipitation for the latitude and longitude of each plant occurrence location provided by the Consortium of California Herbaria.

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.

Orange, in dense panicles, cm long, at branch tips, with conspicuous leafy bracts that fall rouquieria when flowers are mature; corolla tubular, about 2 cm long, bright red-orange, with 5 reflexed lobes at the top. Estimated range shown in yellow.

Fouquieria splendens is leafless most of the year and generally remain leafless during coldest part of winter. Click on the squares for occurrence records. Hummingbird and carpenter bees Xylocarpa californica are the main pollinators.

Tap map to see plants native to location. Chihuahuan and Sonoran deserts and mesquite grasslands References: Fine Gardening – Issue Ocotillo in full bloom near Lookout Mountain, Phoenix, Arizona. They are sllendens by hummingbirds or carpenter bees.

Common names include Ocotillo, Coachwhip, Jacob’s staff, and Vine Cactus, although it is not a true cactus. Newsletter Get the latest how-to and design inspiration articles plus special offers sent straight to your inbox.

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