Plant Portraits:

The California Legacy of A.R. Valentien

Ocotillo: Fouquieria splendens

Hummingbirds and desert visitors alike delight in the flame-like bloom of the Ocotillo, borne high in the air on spiny whiplike stems. The Ocotillo sheds its leaves during the hot dry months, and quickly takes advantage of scarce desert moisture by sprouting fresh leaves and flowers in as few as 72 hours after a rain.


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    Washington Lily
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    Tree Anemone
    California Lilac
    Teddy Bear Cholla
    Beavertail Cactus
    Velvet Cactus
    Balsam Root
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