Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii
Common Names: Wright’s Mexican flame, Hummingbird bush, Wright’s desert honeysuckle, Wright acanthus, Mexican flame, Wright Anisacanth, Muicle
Light: Full Sun/Part Shade
Height: 3′ – 6′
Spacing/Spread: 3′ – 4′
Evergreen: No, Plant is deciduous.
Color: Red flowers.
Interest: Mid summer until Fall.
Texas Native: Yes!
Extra: Plant is deer resistant. Plant profusely self reseeds.
Wildlife habitat: Provides food/shelter for bees, butterflies and birds.
Features: An attractive native Texas shrub that is medium growing and blooms red flowers from summer until fall. Excellent wildlife plant.
Austin Native Landscaping: “A most useful shrub! This Texas native perennial is not only very deer resistant but is also an exceptional wildlife habitat provider (Named Hummingbird Plant in some areas). Flame Acanthus has very modest water requirements, which makes it an ideal candidate for most Xeriscape landscape designs. It is quite versatile and will thrive both in full sun and part shade. A wonderful plant that will brighten yours and your fellow nature critters day. Very hardy and maintenance free: just cut it back after the first frost hits. We always find a place for this beauty in our Xeriscape landscape designs.”
Family: Acanthaceae (Pronounced – ah-kanth-AY-see-ee)
Genus: Anisacanthus (Pronounced – uh-niss-uh-KAN-thus)
Species: quadrifidus var. wrightii
Propagation: softwood cuttings, semi-hardwood cuttings.