This plant is a flamer

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flame honeysuckle
Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii
Acanthaceae

  • GROWS TO ABOUT 4-5' tall and wide

  • deciduous shrub

  • 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). 

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Katherine Gierlach