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Fouquieria diguetii

Palo Adan

This large spiky shrub is common in the Sonoran desert of Baja California, Mexico. Long, spiny branches often referred to as “canes” arise from a short thick trunk. Mature plants average about 6-8 feet in height, with a 4 foot spread. The small green leaves that line the branches are drought-deciduous, but will remain on the plant with supplemental irrigation. Bright red tubular flowers borne in clusters decorate the cane tips in the spring, attracting hummingbirds. Plant in well drained soils.