Ocotillo is not a true cactus. For much of the year, the plant appears to be an arrangement of large spiny dead sticks, although closer examination reveals that the stems are partly green. With rainfall, the plant quickly becomes lush with small (2–4 cm), ovate leaves, which may remain for weeks or even months.




Bathing in water that contains crushed flowers or roots has been used to relieve fatigue.
Native Americans are known to place the flowers and roots of ocotillo over fresh wounds to slow bleeding.
Ocotillo is also used to alleviate coughing, achy limbs, varicose veins, urinary tract infections, cervical varicosities, and benign prostate growths.
Fresh flowers are sometimes used in salads and have a tangy flavor.
Flowers are collected, dried, and used for tisanes.
The flowers are a crimson red. This one is from my yard. It can aldo. E used to build fence or as a walking stick.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Irene Tobias Rodriguez
    Sep 25, 2016 @ 11:06:18

    It looks very much like a potted plant my mother had. She brought it to her third grade classroom where her students quickly learned not to back into it.


  2. beautywalk
    Sep 25, 2016 @ 11:09:16

    It’s large for a potted plant but I sure wouldn’t want to back into it! Yotaki


  3. beamingtoyou
    Sep 28, 2016 @ 06:18:18

    Thank you so much for sharing!!


  4. beautywalk
    Sep 28, 2016 @ 06:21:58

    Thank you for visiting. Did you check out my purple sage? It is blooming again and full of bees. Yotaki Beautywalk


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