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Ocotillo Blooms in Sun City Mesquite NV - or are they really alien spiders?

Ocotillo plants are blooming all over Nevada - these two are in Sun City Mesquite and seem to be hiding among the thicker trees and bushes.  Pretending to be a cactus.  Fooled me - I thought they were cactus, or cacti - until I looked them up on Wikipedia and found out that they are Fouquieria splendens Engelm, which is a plant.  Just another plant.

Without the flowers blooming, they look like very large spiders standing on their heads - hence, the rumor that these plants were left here centuries ago by aliens.  Why they were left here .... who knows?  I am sure that the aliens have a very good reason.  I am also sure that we will find out as soon as it is too late to do anything about it.

These plants can survive on only 8 inches of rain per year, which is just about our annual average.  This year, we have already had our yearly average - which is why the cactus and these imposter plants are blooming so prolifically right now.  It really is a glorious show going on right now in Mesquite - and that includes the alien spiders with their crimson blooms.

Ocotillo blooms in Sun City Mesquite NV

Ocotillo blooms in Mesquite NV - not really a cactus, just looks like one.

And this May 31 Day challenge is killing me.

 

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Comments

Hello Virginia - I love the title of your post, the photo and the story!

VB ;o)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) about 8 years ago

VB - thanks, those ocotillo plants are pretty wierd looking.

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) about 8 years ago

Hi Virginia, what great photos.  I love the ocotilllos!  Keep up the good work with your challenge, you can do it!

Posted by Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist (Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Erika, I was out of town for 5 days, it was tough to keep up the pace.

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) about 8 years ago

I had always thought they were a cactus, too, but my other half taught me better the first time we went to Palm Springs where they grow everywhere.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) about 8 years ago

Jim - Russel knows a lot of good stuff - they grow everywhere here, too, like bugs.  :)

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) about 8 years ago

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