Ocotillo, Fouquieria splendens, is a unique looking plant. It looks like it could be growing on the floor of the ocean not standing tall in the middle of the hot desert. It grows in the hot desert regions of Southern California. It likes good drainage and a little summer rainfall. Ocotillo is not cold hardy. Showy red flowers are used by hummingbirds. The plant only has leaves after a rain. Grows on banks and edges of desert washes, with Goat-Nut (Simmondsia chinensis), Burrobrush (Ambrosia salsola), Spiny Senna (Senna armata), and Creosote (Larrea tridentata) Syn: Fouquieria splendens subsp. splendens.
Fouquieria splendens tolerates sand.
Fouquieria splendens is great for a bird garden.
Foliage of Fouquieria splendens has color white and is deciduous.
Flower of Fouquieria splendens has color red.
Communities for Fouquieria splendens:Creosote Bush Scrub.