Gardening in Tucson, Phoenix, and the Desert Southwest

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii: Wright's Desert Honeysuckle / Flame Honeysuckle

Form: Shrub.
Leaf retention: Deciduous. May die to ground in freezing winters.
Growth rate: Moderate to rapid, depending on water.
Mature Size: 3-5' high and wide.
Flowers: Bright red-orange, tubular, up to 2" long, in short terminal spikes on main and lateral stems.
Bloom: Summer through fall.
Fruit: Brown capsules with black seeds.
Leaves: Green, lance-shaped.
Stems: No thorns.
Wildlife: Attracts large butterflies, hummingbirds. 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.
Water once established: Monthly. Supplemental water improves performance.
Soil: Well drained, tolerant otherwise.
Sun: Full sun to light shade. More sun produces more blooms.
Prune: In late winter, shear to encourage new growth. In freezing winters, cut to ground before spring. Can be pruned into a hedge.
Litter: Low.
Propagation: Seed or cuttings. May reseed in favorable conditions.
Uses: Ornamental, wildlife attractor, low hedge.

Other common names include Flame Acanthus, Hummingbird Bush, Mexican Flame.

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