The first time I saw this magnificent plant, we were speeding by in a car. I couldn’t believe the height of this plant with crimson red flowers. What was it? This was my first sighting of a Southwestern plant, and I wanted more. OK, too geeky for you? Too bad–because I took photos of every blossoming plant I encountered! Expect more . . .
© Teresita Abad Doebley. All rights reserved 2009-2011.
Other common names: Coachwhip, Ocotillo, Jacob’s Staff, Desert Coral
Type: accent plant, succulent
Salvaged from locations: Hwy 90; Ft. Huachuca
Salvage method: bare root
Size: 15-20 ft H x 10-15 ft W
Water Usage: rainfall
Hardiness: 10 degrees F
Exposure: full sun
Flower color: red
Flower season: spring
Wildlife value: nectar, insects, hummingbirds, bees, orioles
Uses: woody stems used for fencing
Quote of the Day for YOU: The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks. ~Tennessee Williams