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Anisacanthus quadrifidus (var. wrightii) (Flame Acanthus)

Flame Acanthus

Anisacanthus quadrifidus (var. wrightii) '' PP#

Discontinued

Native to the Edwards Plateau, west to south –central Texas, Flame Acanthus can grow nearly anywhere in Texas, even the north if mulched for the winter. It tolerates the hot sun and reflected heat better than most landscape perennials, as well as poor soil and drought conditions.

The shrub has brittle, exfoliating bark, with light green lanceolate leaves. From summer to frost, it blooms long funnel shaped red-orange flowers on new growth; flowers are more abundance after rain. Hummingbirds are easily attracted to the flowers, as well as butterflies. Acanthus grows slightly ragged looking, and responds very well to pruning, especially best in late winter before first spring flush. 

No notable pest or disease problems.

Perennial Color
Container
Seasonal Hedge/Border

Flower Color:

Orange-Red

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Height

5- Feet

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Spread

4- Feet

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Interesting Notes


USDA Hardiness Zone 7b

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
Medium
Exposure
Full Sun
Habit
Semi Evergreen
Water Needs
Low