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Fouquieria splendens - Occotillo

Fouquieria splendens, or Occotillo large shrub growing 10+ feet tall. The Occotillo is one of the plants that is used to separate the Low Desert region from the High Desert in Southern California. Fouquieria splendens is a great nectar source for bees, hummingbirds and a number of butterflies. Occotillo blooms in the Spring or late Winter and will repeat if there is enough Summer Monsoonal moisture . Occotillo is Winter hardy into the low 10°s F but will likely be damaged if temperature drop below 20°s F. In the garden Fouquieria splendens will require good drainage, either by planting on a slope or by using well draining soil in a raised bed or container. When drought stressed the plants will lose their leaves but rapidly grow new ones when water becomes available. Occotillo is easily overwatered.

Fouquieria splendens, Occotillo

A Costa's Hummingbird visits the red flowers of Fouquieria splendens - Occotillo. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.