Fouquieria splendens Ocotillo

Ruler icon 8-20 ft. high x 5-10 ft. wide

Sun icon Full sun

Thermometer icon USDA zones 8-11

These are well-known, recognizable succulents native to the lower Mohave, Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts. The form woody, widely spaced, vertical, spiny branches from the base. They have a naturally strong vase shape with limbs emanating from a foot wide at their base and splaying out to 10-12 ft. at the top.  Flowering occurs at the tips of each stem. In spring to summer deep orange tubular flowers form along new succulent growth of about 6-8 in. long. This flowering growth is added to the over-all height of the plant once per year. Ocotillos are offered as bareroot specimens and in containers, so call for current availability. Potted plant roots are sensitive to disturbance so handle gently during transplant.