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Anisacanthus wrightii (desert honeysuckle)

Anisacanthus wrightii (desert honeysuckle)

Anisacanthus wrightii ''

Desert honeysuckle

This unusual acanthus relative grows to about 3' tall and wide.  It produces incredibly bright red flowers from late July to September that are a magnet for hummingbirds. 

Desert honeysuckle goes winter dormant.  It prefers well-drained, lean soils with little compost.  It's really drought tolerant once established.  It's also really low-maintenance, needing just a little bit of occasional pruning to maintain a nice bushy shape, and is really frost tolerant, handling temperatures down to 5°F.

Desert honeysuckle is native to the Texas panhandle.

More About Anisacanthus wrightii ''

This unusual acanthus relative grows to about 3' tall and wide.  It produces incredibly bright red flowers from late July to September that are a magnet for hummingbirds. 

Desert honeysuckle goes winter dormant.  It prefers well-drained, lean soils with little compost.  It's really drought tolerant once established.  It's also really low-maintenance, needing just a little bit of occasional pruning to maintain a nice bushy shape, and is really frost tolerant, handling temperatures down to 5°F.

Desert honeysuckle is native to the Texas panhandle.



Additional:

Desert honeysuckle Growing and Maintenance Tips


Height:

2-3 Feet

Spread:

2-3 Feet

Spacing:

2-3 Feet

Sunset Zone:

USDA Hardiness Zone:

7

Anisacanthus wrightii '' Characteristics

Attributes

  • Wind resistant

Flower color

  • Red / Burgundy / Maroon

Foliage color

  • Green

Growth habit (plant shape)

  • Upright

Exposure

  • Morning sun
  • Sunny all day - Inland
  • Sunny all day - Coast

Season of interest (flowering)

  • Summer

Season of interest (foliage)

  • Summer
  • Spring

Your soil type

  • Sandy loam
  • Clay
  • Loam
  • Clay-loam

Water requirements

  • None - Low

Critter resistance

  • Deer resistant

Wildlife appeal

  • Attracts butterflies
  • Attracts hummingbirds

Suggested uses

  • Firescaping

Origin

  • Central America
  • USA - SW (TX, AZ, NM)