Here in the desert ocotillos are frequently used in landscape schemes. In garden centers they are often displayed bare root and looking totally desiccated but amazingly seem to grow. When planted, the securing wires are often left on which is annoying as the plant is never allowed to spread and grow naturally. Philip and I have been known to trespass and cut them free!
|the leaves appeared in a few days|
|Bundled up in a garden center|
This is a desert plant, but to more temperate eyes, looking a little like a deciduous berberis with straggly stems and thorns. Its correct name is Fouquieria splendens. It sometimes goes by other common names such as coachwhip, candlewood, slimwood, desert coral, Jacob's staff or Jacob's cactus. It is naturally found in the Sonoran Desert, the Chihuahuan Desert, southern California, southern Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and northern Mexico.
hummingbirds and native carpenter bees.