This plant is a flamer
Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii
GROWS TO ABOUT 4-5' tall and wide
regular to moderate WATER (bottom to terrace zones)
FULL to part SUN
HARDY TO ABOUT 0º F
bright red flowers summer - FALL
ATTRACTS hummingbirds and is a larval host for the Texan crescent butterfly
do any necessary pruning in early spring
Those of you who are always on the lookout for deep red flowers will not be disappointed with flame honeysuckle (Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii). This deciduous shrub grows to about 4-5 feet tall, though it can be maintained at a shorter level with pruning. In the late spring to early summer, bright red tubular flowers begin to emerge and keep on coming through the fall. It takes full to part sun, moderate water, and some minimal pruning.
This plant is better planted in the back of a bed where it can be inconspicuous when dormant (the plant drops its leaves in the winter for a short period). This plant is known to volunteer, usually around fences where it is quite welcome.
This plant is an obvious candidate for attracting hummingbirds, keeping them fed through summer into fall. It is also the host plant for butterflies like the Texan crescent (Anthanassa texana).