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Flame Acanthus, Hummingbird Bush ( Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii )
The Flame Acanthus (Hummingbird Bush) is a Texas native that can handle the Texas heat once its established. It’s a late bloomer and will start to bloom in late summer through fall until first frost.
The Hummingbird bush, during the blooming months, its covered with long slender, tubular, orange to red flowers.
In the wild, it can be found in south-central Texas and West Texas and parts of Northern and Southern Mexico.
Growing Flame Acanthus in Dallas and the Rest of DFW
The Flame Acanthus grows great throughout most of Texas and other states in the same planting zones. In the DFW area, these plants do great, but for some reason they aren’t as popular as other Texas natives.
As long the plants are grown in well-drained soil or potting mix, they will adapt to their environment. They do great in a xeriscaped garden, butterfly gardens, and in large containers.
In the garden, they will attract hummingbirds, butterflies and other nectar collecting insects.
Flame Acanthus Features
Common Names: Hummingbird bush, Wright’s desert honeysuckle, Wright acanthus, Mexican flame, Wright’s Mexican flame
Scientific Name: Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii
Hardiness Zone: 7a-10b
Plant Type: perennial, deciduous
Plant Color: red and orange
Bloom Time: June – through October (depends on first frost and zone)
Insects/Pests: None Reported
Growth Rate: average
Water needs: Doesn’t need much water. Plants need watering during high drought times (no wet feet)
Light Needs: Full sun
Mature Height: 3’ to 5’
Mature Width: 3’ to 4’