The Ocotillo is a desert plant that is renowned for its peculiar growth form and its spectacular clusters of brilliant red, tubular flowers. This unusual shrub has a vase-shaped form with many long, spiny stems that arise from the base of the plant. The stems are nearly straight or sinuous and crooked and they are unbranched or sparsely branched with a few short branches near the ends of the stems. The flowers are pollinated by hummingbirds and bees. It is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Hardy in zones 7-10.
Growing Instructions for the Ocotillo
- The seeds like sandy, well-drained soil. Fill a pot with moist cactus mix or used a mixture of sand and peat moss, perlite or vermiculite. Use a pot that has drainage holes in the bottom. 3. Put the seeds on the surface of the soil. The seeds need light to germinate so don’t cover them with soil. 4. Water the seeds. Keep the soil moist but not wet. 5. Place the pots in an area with warm temperatures in in full sun or part shade. The seeds germinate in a few weeks. 7. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.