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Flame Acanthus Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii


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Flame Acanthus
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Alternate name: Hummingbird Bush

Family: Acanthaceae, Acanthus view all from this family

Description Flame Acanthus is a spreading, 3 ft. deciduous shrub with exfoliating bark; red-orange, tubular flowers; and light-green, lanceolate leaves.

Habitat Thickets of rocky banks and floodplains.

Range Edwards Plateau, Texas, to n. Mexico.

Discussion This drought- and cold-tolerant shrub will adapt to a variety of soils and does well in patio pots. It blooms better in full sun but will tolerate light shade. Cutting the plant back severely in winter will provide more blooms and encourage a bushier form. Attractive bark provides winter interest.

Exposure Preference Sun to partial sun.

Flower June - October

Native Distribution Edwards Plateau, Texas to n. Mexico.

Site Preference Thickets of rocky banks & floodplains.

Soil Preference Rocky, sandy, or clayey soils.

Wildlife Value Long-lasting flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies.