Espostoa (Vatricania) guentheri
The Fouquieria splendens, also known as the Ocotillo, is a plant species originally found in the desert areas of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. This species is a staple of its habitat and is known for its adaptability to the extreme weather conditions of this region.
The Fouquieria splendens is a unique plant characterised by its long, thin, spiky branches that grow from a central base. These branches can reach heights of up to 10 meters. The plant primarily blooms in late spring and early summer, with countless small, bright red flowers. Despite its spiky appearance, the plant attracts various insects and birds, especially hummingbirds.
The care of the Fouquieria splendens requires well-drained soil and full sun. As the plant is adapted to desert conditions, it needs little water, especially during periods of drought. Overwatering can lead to root rot and ultimately the death of the plant. It is also important to know that the plant loses its leaves during rest periods, but regains them quickly when sufficient water is available.