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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.

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.




Height:

2-3 Feet

Spread:

2-3 Feet

Spacing:

2-3 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone:

7

Anisacanthus wrightii Characteristics

Attributes

  • Heat Tolerant
  • Cold Tolerant
  • Wind resistant
  • Drought Tolerant

Flower color

  • Red

Foliage color

  • Green

Growth habit (plant shape)

  • Upright

Exposure

  • Full sun - Coast
  • Morning sun
  • Full sun - Inland

Season of interest (flowering)

  • Summer

Season of interest (foliage)

  • Spring
  • Summer

Your soil type

  • Sandy loam
  • Clay
  • Loam
  • Clay-loam

Water requirements

  • None - Low

Critter resistance

  • Deer resistant

Wildlife appeal

  • Attracts hummingbirds
  • Attracts butterflies

Suggested uses

  • Firescaping
  • Swimming pool area

Origin

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