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PlantFiles: Fouquieria
Fouquieria purpusii

Family: Fouquieriaceae
Genus: Fouquieria (foo-KWEER-ree-uh) (Info)
Species: purpusii (pur-PUSS-ee-eye) (Info)

Synonym:Fouquieria purpusianus
Synonym:Fouquieria purpusiorum

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mitsukurina On Nov 15, 2012, mitsukurina from Los Angeles, CA wrote:

Lovely plant; needs free root run to grow well; it grows in summer without issue in Santa Barbara, CA.

Positive palmbob On Aug 25, 2007, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Slow but incredibly beautiful Fouquieria... very popular plant in collectors collections- grows very upright normally eventually developing an interesting partly green, partly bark-covered fat trunk. Leaves are narrow and create a bristly look to the branches- sort of like a pine tree, though there are long, sharp spines hidden in these branches. New growth often consists of naked twig-like reddish woody material, new spines and only later to be covered with leaves. In some climates this is deciduous, while in others it is not. I have found it a pretty easy plant to grow outdoors, but very slow- best to buy it as large as you can afford it. Likes full sun and tolerates mod to no water.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Apache Junction, Arizona
Chandler, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Bostonia, California
Casa De Oro-mount Helix, California
Los Angeles, California
Santa Barbara, California
Spring Valley, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Tulare, California

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