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Color Of The Moment: Ocotillo

I was in the desert two weekends ago and got to hang out with one of my favorite, bizarre dry weather plant: the ocotillo, formerly known as fouquieria splendens. The plants are bright, almost neon green loose leaf stems that end in fiery orange flowers. They seem to defy their surrounding existing as this strange hybrid of dense vegetation while retaining that desert spike: it’s like a cactus that has the spirit of gladioli.

I’ve always had a thing for their coloration, too. Their rich green paired with jarring red-orange vibrate against cobalt blue skies. They’re a rare sight (at least in California) but have quite a splendor to them. Their dignity is not too dissimilar from a horses used in dressage but, you know, these plants are just used for decoration.

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This color scheme of bright green, bright orange, and bright blue is something I keep coming back to. You see them in Comme des Garçons wallets and Rainbow Lorikeets. They befit a Ralph Lauren model and tickle any fan of Ellsworth Kelly. They’re bold and beautiful colors that reflect nature in a truly unreal way: I love it.

While I don’t really own anything in these rich complexions, the color scale (and families) they touch are inspirational—especially for Spring. Use these little bizarro inspiration images as a guide: ocotillo is the color of the moment.

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