Flower of the Day – Ocotillo – Desert Flower

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Flower of the Day – Ocotillo – Desert Flower

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These are called Ocotillo, and are interesting looking. I think they were in front of the library.

They look like just some spiny, dead branches, until it gets rain. Then the branches turn green, and bright crimson flowers appear. The flowers are sometimes used in salads. The branches are sometimes used for fencing material, and also for walking canes. This is what I read about them on Wikipedia. We have them all over the place, here in town. I suppose they grow so well here because we are considered semi-desert in this area.

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For Cee’s Flower of the Day: https://ceenphotography.com/2017/09/08/flower-of-the-day-september-9-2017-more-orange/

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6 responses »

    • It is pretty cool looking, in a kind of dangerous way, with all the spikes. I never knew what it was called, but they’re all around this area. Those branches must be pretty tough, to be used like they say. 🙂

  1. we had quite literally hundreds of those blasted things along the fence here when we moved in..It has taken me three years to get rid of the invasive things. Every time I walked outside to throw out the trash I would be either grabbed and have torn clothing or be impaled by one of their branches. They are beautiful in their natural habitat, but certainly do not need to be planted where the rain is plentiful. The largest one was over nine feet tall and the multiple stalks were 3 feet in diameter! I thought I’d never get rid of that one.

    • That sounds pretty dangerous to have around. We never had any, but I see them a lot. I had no idea they got so huge. I wouldn’t want to be grabbed by one, and it would be so bad if a kid ran into one! There’s lots of spiny cactus around here, too. Some of those get pretty big, in big clusters. I see them in people’s yards.

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