Fouquieria splendens
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Fouquieria splendens


  family fouquieriaceae 
  genus fouquieria 

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Genus  Fouquieria Species  splendens Variety  Cultivar  Common names  ocotillo Family  FOUQUIERIACEAE Specimen number  S10192 Data source  HumGrdn p76
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Depends on climate Stature  Shrub Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  15' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun Water  Well drained Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 07a-08b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Fouquieria splendens is a good hummingbird feeder. This plant's thorns may be a deterrent for the not so adventurous gardener. Ocotillo can survive cold winter nights that go as low as 0� Fahrenheit. Full sun is best for growing this plant. It needs soil that is well drained.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  yes Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities  Thorns
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Offset Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Propagation of Fouquieria splendens can be achieved with an offset. Ocotillo is considered to have originated from Arizona, California and Texas.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Fouquieria splendens is a perennial. Flowers: Ocotillo has dense clusters of tubular blossoms. Flowers begin in March and don't stop until May. The blossoms are typically of a flame-red color.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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