Flowering Ocotillo

A form of cactus, the ocotillo is a common and distinctive desert plant of the southwestern United States. Throughout the winter, its cluster of spiny branches look dead. But at the first hint of a spring rain, the ocotillo puts out green leaves and is quickly covered with clusters of bright-red, tubular flowers.

Its springtime blooming season coincides with the arrival of migrating hummingbirds from Central and South America. Neither the hummers nor the permanent-resident birds such as wrens and woodpeckers could survive as well without nectar from the ocotillo flowers.

I painted a field study of this large ocotillo in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in southern California. Back in my Santa Fe studio, I made the final oil painting based on that field study.


The original painting was sold to a private collector.

•    oil on canvas, ready for hanging or framing

•    36″ x 18″

•    $1,700 US. (Shipping within the USA is included in the price.)

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