Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii: Wright's Desert Honeysuckle / Flame Honeysuckle
Leaf retention: Deciduous. May die to ground in freezing winters.
Growth rate: Slow to rapid, depending on water and soil compactness.
Mature Size: 3-5' high and wide.
Flowers: Orange to red, tubular, up to 2" long, usually pointing upward, clustered on ends of main and lateral stems.
Bloom: Mid spring (with irrigation) through summer and fall.
Fruit: Brown capsules with black seeds.
Leaves: Green, lance-shaped.
Stems: No thorns.
Wildlife: Attracts hummingbirds, large butterflies. Host plant for caterpillars of some butterfly species. Browsed by rabbits.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: Texas and Northern Mexico.
Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 7b-11.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun to light shade. More sun produces more blooms.
Water once established: Monthly. Supplemental water improves performance.
Soil: Well drained, tolerant otherwise. Compacted soil slows growth.
Prune: In late winter, shear to encourage new growth. In freezing winters, cut to ground before spring. Can be pruned into a hedge.
Propagation: Seed or cuttings. May reseed in favorable conditions.
Uses: Ornamental, wildlife attractor, low hedge.
Other common names include Flame Acanthus, Hummingbird Bush and Mexican Flame. Long blooming. An excellent desert shrub for a rabbit-protected environment.
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