Arizona in bloom - Ocotillo

in Always a Flower2 months ago

A beacon for bees and hummingbirds in the Southwest, the Ocotllo (Fouquieria splendens) is a semi-succulent shrub that thrives out here in the rocky and arid countryside.
Its simple beauty has always made it one of my favorite plants of the Southwest landscape.
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Although its spindly limbs are well-armed with sharp spines it is not a cactus and displays its tiny leaves to conserve moisture in these dry environments.
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