The Majestic Ocotillo

If there is a desert plant more majestic in full swing than the ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens), then I have yet to discover it. Ocotillo, also known as candlewood and the Devil's coach whip, produces leaves in accordance with rain cycles and likes to live in well-drained rocky soil like alluvial fans. A mature ocotillo may grow to 20 feet tall and have 75 stalks. Clusters of red flowers appear at the tips of the branches in the spring.

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~ by ravenjake on April 12, 2008.

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