Check out this wild thing I came across yesterday!
They’re native to Baja. But here’s a young one planted up in Tempe:
If they can grow in Tempe, they’ll probably grow in Tucson. (It gets a little colder in Tucson because the elevation is higher here than in Phoenix.)
From the top you can see how it grows like any other cactus.
[Frank Vincentz, CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/, via Wikimedia Commons]
Here’s a close-up of a mature branch. It looks exactly like a stalk of ocotillo, because in fact this monster is a kind of ocotillo.
Fouquieria columnaris at the Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden, Las Vegas, Nevada [Stan Shebs, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons]
Basically I love these. I want to plant them all over the place!!!
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