Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii, Flame Acanthus, Wright’s Mexican flame, Hummingbird bush, Wright’s desert honeysuckle, Wright acanthus, Mexican flame, Wright Anisacanth, Muicle

Flame Acanthus

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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.

Landscape Companions:

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.”

 

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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.

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Rosie Ozaki June 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I am looking for a plant that resembles the Flame Acanthus flower but has a fern like stem. It is really beautiful. The person that has this plant said his brother sent seeds for it from Texas and that it grew wild in south Texas. He said the word Barbados in the name of it, but may not be it. Do you know what it is?

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admin June 25, 2012 at 10:05 am

Rosie Hello!
My two guesses would be either:
Pride of Barbados
http://austinnativelandscaping.com/caesalpinia-pulcherrima-pride-of-barbados-dwarf-poinciana-peacock-flower/

Firecracker Fern
http://austinnativelandscaping.com/russelia-equisetiformis-firecracker-fern-firecracker-plant-coral-plant-coralblow-fountain-plant/

Both are very popular and are an excellent choice of drought resistant landscaping in Austin.

Please feel free to ask any other questions you might have,
Reed

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