Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) is a deciduous shrub with spiny branches that grow from the root crown. The stems are leafless for the greater part of the year, but sprout small leaves after rains.
In spring the plants produce flower spikes at the ends of the stems. The individual flowers are bright red and tubular. Hummingbirds and orioles feed on the nectar. This hummingbird was feeding on ocotillo flowers in Sabino Canyon yesterday morning.