Fouquieria macdougalii, Mexican Tree Ocotillo

Fouquieria macdougalii

Mexican Tree Ocotillo
Family: Fouquieriaceae
Origin: Mexico
USDA Zone: 8-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunDry conditionsModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersThorny or spinyPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Plant will remain semi-evergreen as long as occasional watering is provided. Fouquieria macdougalii (The Mexican Tree Ocotillo) will reach a size of 5 to 10 feet tall. This plant prefers full sun and moderate water when growing. It's native to Mexico, boasting bright and conspicuous crimson to vinous flowers, making it popular among gardeners. This plant is perfect for a splash of vibrant color to any garden. Not only this, but the cheerful blooms also attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators, making it even more attractive to gardeners alike.

The plant produces sharp spines and thorns, rendering it a great option for landscape gardeners looking for a bit of security as well. As for care, the plant prefers hot and dry conditions and requires only light watering when young. Once established, however, it can withstand moderate drought conditions. As a result, Mexican Tree Ocotillos are a great choice for areas prone to droughts.

Mexican Tree Ocotillos will thrive in any kind of soil. For cold regions, it is perfect for growing in a pot or container as the mature plant can withstand cold hardy of at least mid-20s F for a short time. A generous layer of mulch will also help to protect its roots from the cold. As Fouquieria macdougalii likes to be dry, you should not water to frequently, but don't let the plant dry out completely either. Furthermore, this plant can be pruned to make a better shape.

Overall, Mexican Tree Ocotillo is a desirable choice in the garden due to its vibrant blooms with a woody base and its adaptability to different climates and soil types. With proper growing and care, it can thrive in any garden and make a great addition to its landscape.

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