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Native Growing Area

Scientific Name: Fouquieria splendens

Common Names: Ocotillo


Ocotillo is also called Slimwood, Candlewood, Coachwhip and Flamingsword. A native of West Texas, ocotillo (oh-ke-tee-oh) blooms in April and May, and sporadically thereafter following rains. During dry periods, it looks dead and leafless.

Bloom Color(s): red, orange

Duration: Perennial

Bloom Period: March to July

Plant Family: Fouquieriaceae

Growth Habit: Shrub

Sightings: 385 from entrance to Big Bend Nat'l Park

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