Designed to survive
Waiting for the rain
These green ribbons also contain chlorophyll and carry on the process of photosynthesis during the dry seasons when the Ocotillo is leafless.
A mix of traits
A variety of insects and hummingbirds frequent the flowers, aiding fertilization. Botanists think that a mature ocotillo will produce at most a few hundred viable winged seeds each year that wait to germinate until appropriate rainfall occurs.
Making it home
Putting down roots
Protecting the young
An ocotillo may naturally live between 60 to 100 years.
Making odd acceptable
Clusters of flowers seeped in water produce a refreshing, sweet tea and are also used in salads, adding a tangy flavor. They are a common plant found in the desert landscaping of many hot desert homes.