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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.

Family: Fouquieriaceae
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

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6 thoughts on “Ocotillo

  1. Not geeky at all. Nice way to educate us along the way. I love learning new things; problem is with retention of all that I learn. 🙂 Great photos, especially the 2nd one.
    And I love the quote. Yes, with gentleness and love, you can break through stony hearts, even as the violets break rocks.

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