Description: Tall, woody cactus with small green leaves and red flowers.
Other uses: Among the Papago and Pima, ocotillo has been used for fencing, house walls, and ramada roofs. The cut, buried stems often root, creating a living fence. The flowers may soaked in cold water to make a refreshing beverage. Portions of the plant were also formerly used for medicinal purposes.
Kimberley A. Ryan, Northern Arizona University Anthropology Laboratories