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Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii

 
Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii
Young nursery specimen, just planted
flame acanthus,hummingbird bush, Wright’s desert honeysuckle
First flower
Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii
Rapid regrowth after Texas megafreeze

Synonym(s) Anisacanthus wrightii
Common name flame acanthus,hummingbird bush, Wright’s desert honeysuckle
Family acanthaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z7-10)
Flowers orange-red (late summer-fall)
Size to 6'
Light sun

Deciduous flowering shrub, native from southern Texas to northern Mexico. Supposedly grows big and bushy in climates where freezes don't kill the top growth, but is best kept in check by regular pruning, including occasional hard pruning. So far, I'm impressed with its response to harsh cold – after the Texas deep freeze of February 2021, it put out new leaves quickly along most of its existing woody topgrowth.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: back fence border, left fence border

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