File:Ocotillothron02262006.JPG File:Ocotillo2008.jpg Fouquieria splendens ssp. splendens
Common Name Ocotillo, Candlewood
Latin Name Fouquieria splendens
Family Fouquieriaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 10-13, 18-20 / 8-10
Type / Form Shrub / Medium to large
Native Habitat (Origin) Rocky slopes below 5,000 feet in Mojave, Sonoran, Chihuahuan, and Colorado Deserts
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, limestone, low organic content, well drained
Exposure Full sun
Water None to once per month in summer
Height X Width Maximum 25 X 15 feet, 12 feet X 8 feet
Protective Mechanism Spines
Leaves Green leaves for short time after rains, red-orange flowers on fall, stem evergreen
Flowers Red to orange flowers after rain, very attractive, tubular 1-inch flowers occur in long (10 inches), narrow clusters at the ends of the stems.
Bark / Roots Scaly, gray, brown, with time becoming reddish and papery. Canes with no side shoots (wand-like), each is heavily armed with numerous spines. / Roots shallow.
Maintenance None
Propagation Seeds
Pests and Diseases None
Landscape uses Rock garden, barrier, low maintenance, parkways, specimen
Garden Suitability Hummingbird, Songbird, Sonoran, Butterfly, Ethnobotanical
Nature Value Flowers used by butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees, nesting for songbirds, living fences, eaten by bighorn sheep
Native American Uses Lath for adobe, medicinal bark
Links  
    Article http://www.desertusa.com/nov96/du_ocotillo.html
    Images http://www.cas.vanderbilt.edu/bioimages/species/fosp2.htm
    Data http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/shrub/fouspl/all.html
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Fouquieriaceae/Fouquieria_splendens.html
    Images and data http://www.succulent-plant.com/fouquieria.html
    Images and data http://cals.arizona.edu/pima/gardening/aridplants/Fouquieria_splendens.html
    Images and data http://medplant.nmsu.edu/ocotillo.html
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fouquieria_splendens
    Images and data http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?4359,4360,0,4361
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/57648/
    Images and data http://www.succulent-plant.com/families/fouquieriaceae.html
    Images and data http://www.wnmu.edu/academic/nspages2/gilaflora/fouquieria_splendens.html
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=fosp2
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=3605
    Images and data http://www.delange.org/Ocotillo/Ocotillo.htm
    Images and data http://www.cnr.vt.edu/DENDRO/DENDROLOGY/syllabus2/factsheet.cfm?ID=509
    Images and data http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/1109/fouquieria-splendens-ocotillo/
    Images and data http://www.nazflora.org/Fouquieria_splendens.htm
    Images and data http://www.desertmuseumdigitallibrary.org/public/detail.php?id=ASDM14301&sp=Fouquieria%20splendens
    Images, data, and distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=FOSP2
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.laspilitas.com/nature-of-california/plants/fouquieria-splendens
    Nursery Oak Hills Nursery, 13874 Ranchero Road, Oak Hills, 92345, 760-947-6261
   
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